- the temple of Athena at Athens, where writers and scholars met
- the Roman academy of law, literature, etc. founded by Hadrian
- a literary or scientific club
- any building or hall used as a library or reading room
Origin of AthenaeumLate Latin Athenaeum ; from Classical Greek Ath?naion
- An institution, such as a literary club or scientific academy, for the promotion of learning.
- A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.
Origin of athenaeumLate Latin Ath&emacron;naeum, a Roman school, after Greek Ath&emacron;naion, the temple of Athena, from Ath&emacron;na, Athena.
From Latin Athenaeum, from Ancient Greek Ἀθηναῖον (Athēnaion), from Ἀθήνη (Athēnē, “Athene”).