Founded on the idea of this city being centered around academia, one of the founders and also governor of Georgia, John Milledge, named this new city in honor of Plato and Aristole's Greek home and birthplace of Western Academics and Culture. Milledge donated 633 acres of forested ground that was once Indian Territory to what would become the first state-supported university, the Univesity of Georgia. Centered around the college, the atmosphere of the city is filled with arts and culture of every kind. Of my travels throughtout Georgia, I consider Athens to be the Classical City being it not only has mansions and edifices of Classical style architecture, but the thriving theatres, local restaurants and eco-balance with the surrounding nature but yet still an active city at the feet of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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