Located in the northeast of downtown Atlanta, it is a consolidated city-county and college-town in the state of Atlanta. The state's flagship university, the University of Georgia, along with an R1 research institution, became the main contributor to the city's economic growth. Athena is known for its antebellum architecture as a mark of Georgia's Antebellum Trail of historic Civil War towns during the American Civil War. Because of the University of Georgia's strong presence, the city has been pervasively dominated by the student culture and music gene, which has been centered in downtown Athen, which is just next to the university's North Campus. Athens has been widely known for producing significant music icons such as REM, the B52's, Indigo Girls, Widespread Panic, and a whole lot more. Its growth and roots may have been held throughout the multiple wars the city went through, and each one will have a story to tell of Athen's unique history.
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