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Where does the word Astartes come from?
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Old 29 Oct 2006, 18:35   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where does the word Astartes come from?

Most of the rest are pretty easy to figure out, it's pig latin after all, but nothing comes to mind when I think "astartes." I'm personally not that big a fan of Latin. It sounds pompous. Anyways, I'm just curious.
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Old 29 Oct 2006, 18:36   #2 (permalink)
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It was probably just invented, but I'll see if I can figure it out.


Okay, here's my reasoning.

Astartes is very similar to Astrum, meaning "Stellar" or "Constilation"... or possibly Astus, meaning "cunning". It also has some similarity to Astis, meaning "skill method, technique, conduct, character".
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It actually comes from the Bible.

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Judges 2:13 And they gave up the Lord, and became the servants of Baal and the Astartes.
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Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and put out of their minds the Lord their God, and became servants to the Baals and the Astartes.
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Astarte As·tar·te
n. Mythology

An ancient Semitic goddess of love and war, being the Phoenician, Syrian, and Canaanite counterpart to Ishtar. In the Bible, her name sometimes appears in the plural, perhaps referring to a group of goddesses. Also called Ashtoreth.
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Ha... whoops.
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An ancient Semitic goddess of love and war, being the Phoenician, Syrian, and Canaanite counterpart to Ishtar. In the Bible, her name sometimes appears in the plural, perhaps referring to a group of goddesses.
This is most likely the cause for the Adeptas Sororitas being called what they are.
Huh? I don't understand...where does it mention Sororitas? :huh:
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Yea, toasty that doesn't make any sense. Sororitas aren't called Astartes, Space Marines are.


Seems like GW did a bit of research, saw the word "War" and then ran with it without looking at exactly what they were doing...
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Old 29 Oct 2006, 19:20   #7 (permalink)
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I can't see the name 'Adepta Sororitas' without thinking of a campus Greek house full of ditsy blondes...I fact, let's all think about that. ^-^
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Old 29 Oct 2006, 19:55   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, let's.

Anyway, Adepta Sororitas comes from Adepta being sisterhood and Sororitas, a mangled form of 'sister'. So, it's likely Sisterhood of Sisters or something like that. No real translation.
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Old 29 Oct 2006, 21:33   #9 (permalink)
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My bad guys. I messed up somewhere..... I don't know what I was thinking about. :P
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I can't see the name 'Adepta Sororitas' without thinking of a campus Greek house full of ditsy blondes...I fact, let's all think about that. ^-^
Dang it, now I'm going to have to make a witch hunters army named the "Alpha Omega Pie" house. With marine kegger action. ;D

I can see it now, toga parties and panty raids for all!
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