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As well as being the name of a city of Greece in both ancient and modern times, and now the capital, the word Athens has a completely different meaning which may be more usual to students in Higher Education. It labels a system by which institutions organise subscription rights for web-based information. In university terms, students who have Athens IDs and passwords use them to gain access to expensive sites for which the university has paid an institutional subscription. This is like the students' right to use the university's library (or libraries): legitimate members of the institution may use its resources, but others may not.

Although it may look like one, Athens is not an acronym. It is derived from the ancient Greek goddess Athena - but (according to Wikipedia [[1]), that name could not be used for trademark reasons. So it should not be written with upper case letters - ATHENS is wrong.