ἀθάνατος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ᾰ̓- (a-, un-) +‎ θᾰ́νᾰτος (thánatos, dying).

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Adjective[edit]

ᾱ̓θᾰ́νᾰτος (āthánatosm (feminine ᾱ̓θᾰ́νᾰτος or ᾱ̓θᾰνᾰ́τη, neuter ᾱ̓θᾰ́νᾰτον); first/second declension

  1. undying, immortal
    • 630 BCE – 570 BCE, Sappho, Collected Works 1.14:
      σὺ δ’, ὦ μάκαιρα, μειδιάσαισ’ ἀθανάτῳ προσώπῳ ἤρε’ ὄττι δηὖτε πέπονθα
      sù d’, ô mákaira, meidiásais’ athanátōi prosṓpōi ḗre’ ótti dēûte pépontha
      And thou, blest Lady, with a smile on that immortal face, didst gently ask what ailed me
  2. everlasting, perpetual
    • 409 BCE, Sophocles, Philoctetes 1420:
      ἀθάνατον ἀρετὴν ἔσχον, ὡς πάρεσθ’ ὁρᾶν.
      athánaton aretḕn éskhon, hōs páresth’ horân.
      I have won deathless glory, as you witness.
  3. maintained at a constant figure

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Noun[edit]

ἀθάνατος (athánatosm (genitive ᾱ̓θᾰνᾰ́του); second declension

  1. the rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, syn. Silene coronaria)

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