SWWS 2016 Conference is going to be held in Athens, Greece. Lets discuss some info about this amazing city.
Athens is the capital of Greece and is currently the largest city in the country. The population of the municipality of Athens is 664 046 (in 2011), but its metropolitan area is much larger and comprises a population of 3.8 million (in 2011). It is the main center of Greek economic, cultural and political life.
The history of Athens extends over three thousand years, which makes it one of the oldest inhabited cities. During the classical era of Greece, it was a powerful city-state that arose along with the development of maritime navigation of the port of Piraeus and that had a fundamental role in the development of democracy. It was also a cultural center where many of the great artists, writers and philosophers of antiquity lived. These contributions of Athens to the thought of his time had a great influence on the development of Greece, Rome and Western culture.
Athens is a city rich in archaeological remains of extraordinary importance, of which the most famous is the Parthenon on the Acropolis. In addition to buildings from the classical Greek period, Roman and Byzantine monuments are also preserved, as well as several notable modern buildings.
The etymology of the name is not certain. The name in ancient Greek is Ἀθῆναι (Athēnai), which is a plural form. It may be the majestic plural of the goddess Athena, protector of the city, who would have taken her name in her honor; but it is also possible that the goddess has taken the name of the city, and not the other way around, and the plural form would be due to the fact that Athens was originally a group of small towns that ended up merging into a city.
Ἀθῆναι (already pronounced Athine) was recovered as the city’s official name in the 19th century, and continued to be so until the abandonment of the Katharévousa in the 1970s, when the demotic Greek variant Αθήνα (Athína) became official.