American Cities With Greek Names

Sparta, Wisconsin

Population: 9,602. Known as the Bicycling Capital of America.

The origin of Sparta comes from the Statue of leonidas at Sparta. A sign, under the statue, reads simply: "Μολών λαβέ" ("Come and get them!") which the Spartans said when the Persians asked them to put down their weapons.

Olympia, Washington

Population: 49,000. Capital of the State of Washington.

Olympia was an ancient religious sanctuary in Southern Greece and the site of Olympic Games. Olympia, Washington was named after Mount Olympus, the tallest peak in the Olympic Mountain Range.

Troy, Alabama, Population: 18,919

Troy was a legendary city that was made famous in the stories The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Population: 1,553 Million. City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia takes its name from two ancient Greek words: philos "loving" and adelphos "brother".

Arcadia, Florida. Population: 7,626

Arcadia is a wild mountainous region of Greece in the Central Peloponnese. Poets and Artists have imagined Arcadia as a earthly paradise.

Marathon, Florida. Population: 8,622

Marathon was the site of an ancient battle in which the Athenians defeated the Persians. Marathon, FL got its name after that battle.

Athens, Georgia. Population: 119,980

In nineteenth century Georgia, state officials chose a site for The University of Georgia and named the surrounding area Athens, honoring the city that was home to the Academy of Plato and Aristotle, a center of Greek learning.

Smyrna, Delaware. Population: 10,960

The city probably takes its name from Smyrna, one of the Amazons, a mythical race of female warriors.

Ithaca, New York. Population: 30,515.

The town got its name from Greek word "ithy" cheerful, and Phoenician word "utica" colony.

Crete, Illinois. Population: 8,230.

Crete was the largest Greek island and the center of the first great civilization of the Aegean world--- the prosperous and peaceful Minoans.

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