athenæum definition

  • noun:
    • A temple or someplace focused on Athene, or Minerva; especially, an institution created at Rome by Hadrian when it comes to advertising of literary and studies, and imitated in the provinces.
    • [lowercase: pl. athenœa, athenea (-ä).] In our contemporary world, an institution for the support of literary works and art, often having a library when it comes to use of those eligible for its privileges.
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