Alastor Name Meaning & Origin

Alastor

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"Alastor" is Ancient Greek for "he who does not forget", thus "avenger", "persecutor", "tormenter", "one who suffers from divine vengeance". It is similar to "Alastair", which is the Scottish form of Alexander, which means "protector of mankind".

Alastor was an epithet of the Greek god Zeus, according to Hesychius of Alexandria and the Etymologicum Magnum, which described him as the avenger of evil deeds, specifically, familial bloodshed. As the personification of a curse, it was also a sidekick of the Erinyes. The name is also used, especially by the tragic writers, to designate any deity or demon who avenges wrongs committed by men. There was an altar to Zeus Alastor just outside the city walls of Thasos.

By the time of the 4th century BC, alastor in Greek had degraded to a generic type of insult, with the approximate meaning of "scoundrel".

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Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody was a character in the Harry Potter Series by JK Rolling.
Alastor is the name of a character in the book Troy. He is betrothed but falls in love with and becomes lovers with Helen of Troy's handmaiden Marpessa.
In the role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade by White Wolf Game Studio the Alastors are an elite group of enforcers (Archons) of the Camarilla whose sole responsibility is tracking and destroying the Anathema.

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