a region in SE Greece, surrounding Athens: under Athenian rule in ancient times.
a town in W New York: state prison.
Contemporary Examples

Take Attica Prison in upstate New York, the notorious site of a riot in 1971.
Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed Josh Robin April 25, 2014

Historical Examples

Zeus declares that the noisy disputes in Attica have so disgusted him that he has not been there for a long time .
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 1 Various

Send an army into Attica, and compel the Athenians to withdraw their forces from Potidaea.
Stories from Thucydides H. L. Havell

Min-erva appears in Attica as high priestess from a foreign country, a country unknown to the Greeks.
The Oera Linda Book Anonymous

But to many, an English version must be the only door by which they may enter Attica and Rome.
The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan

Some foreign guest, no doubt, transmitted to him the plant, which he introduced into Attica.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Various

So he has his American supper in the next room overlooking Attica, so to speak.
Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks

Orpheus says, this descent was made through the Cecropian cave in Attica, not far from Eleusis.
Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology Charles K. Dillaway

It was Cleisthenes who made Attica a democratic state; and thus it came about.
Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15) Charles Morris

I was very sorry, you may be sure, to find on reading it that Attica is feverish.
Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9 Various

a region and department of E central Greece: in ancient times the territory of Athens. Capital: Athens. Pop: 3 336 700 (2001). Area: 14 157 sq km (5466 sq miles)

traditionally explained as from Greek Attikos (Latin Atticus) “of Athens” (see Athens); but perhaps ultimately from Greek akte “shore, maritime place,” also “raised place.”


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