Open Letter to
Being a retired departmental head in
secondary education and a lecturer in tertiary
education, perhaps I may be forgiven for the sin
of being too particular in matters of Classical
Unfortunately the errors of Anton LaVey
and those who regurgitate his words from The
Satanic Bible have never been corrected.(O.K. I
know I display zero tolerance when discovering
mistakes!) So this lesson is for those who
bleat "Ave, Satanas" or "Agios Satanas" etc. in
The proper noun 'Satan' in Latin is
'Satana' - a first declension masculine noun
similar to 'agricola' and is declined thus:-
('by' 'with' 'from')
Therefore, "Hail, Satan" is "Ave, Satana"
(the vocative or addressing mode), not
'Satanas'. In the 'Book of Iniquities',
Matthew 4:11 it is written "Vade, Satana" ("Get thee hence, Satan" - again
the vocative. )
Luke 10:18 demonstrates the
accusitive case (object of the sentence): "Vidi Satanam" -
"I beheld Satan."
"In the name of Satan"
would take the genitive case: "In nomine Satanae."
What then is this version of the name -
(N.B.: One requires a Greek font
to read the following white Greek
quotations. I use SPIonic
which you can download
'Satanas' is the Attic Greek form of the
name and is declined in the following manner:-
There is no Ablative in Greek
'Satanas' is only used when He is the
subject of a sentence.
The vocative when addressing would be
'Satana' as in
Satana" ("pareimi o Satana") which means
"Hear am I, O Satan."
I quote from Matthew 12.26:- "Kai
ei0 o9 Satanaj ton Satanan e0kballei ("Kai
ei ho Satanas ton Satanan ekballei" - "And if
Satan [nominative] cast out Satan" [accusitive]).
"In the Name of Satan"
takes the genitive case: o0nomati tou
Satanou" ("onomati tou Satanou").
Corinthians 5:05 shows the use of the
"paradoumai ton toiouton tw| Satana|"
toiouton to Satana" - "to hand over such a one to
Satan.") Both the omega' of tw| and the
last alpha of Satana| have
an iota subscript (i)
denoting the dative case.
Apart from the vocative
case, you have seen o# (ho), ton (ton), tou
(tou) and tw|
Satan's cases. These are the various cases
of the word 'the'
which is placed before all nouns. 'The' shown here is the
masculine form, the feminine and neuter having
Where we say in English "I am going home", the Greeks said "I am going to the home" and our statement "I have a photo of dad", becomes to
them "I have a photo
of the father".
Occasionally I find some Satanists
departing from a Latin-besprinkled text to emit a
Greek exclamation “Agios o
Now the Greek word is a9gioj and
you should note that above the first letter
'alpha' is a back to front comma – 3. This symbol is called a ‘rough
breathing’, i.e. when you vocalize the vowel you
must place an ‘h’ before the vowel. There is
always a symbol above an initial vowel but
when one does not require a rough breathing, the
symbol is an ordinary comma - 1
ha (short a)
= he (short e)
|h0 = ey
hey (long e)
= hi (short i)
= ho (short o)
hộ (long o)
Each capital vowel also has
So when vocalizing a Greek word like a9gioj, one
should say – hagios.
And bearing in mind the Greek
vocative (greeting) case of Satanaj
(Satanas) is Satana
(Satana), the whole phrase “Thrice blessed, O
Satan!” becomes – 9Agioj o0 Satana! (Hagios O Satana). (If you feel you really must
use a language of which you possibly know
One Satanic group, with which I had
brief contact in 1983, to help it in its purchase
of an adjoining building as a more commodious
temple, was wont to try to make its scripts appear
more 'up-market' by adding various Latin
They has no understanding,
however, of the five declensions of nouns in Latin
and had seen words such as servus with a nominative plural of servi. This, as Classics scholars know,
is a 2nd declension word. When the members
had looked up a word for 'ritual', they found the
Latin ritus and assumed the plural, 'rituals',
was ritui. "Simple", thought
Ah but, and here is a large BUT,
ritus (with a short 'u') is a 4th
declension word with a nominative plural of ritus
(with a long 'u' i.e. it is pronounced ritooz)! Please beware the
pitfalls in Classical languages such as Latin
which not only sports 5 declensions but 6 case
endings in the singular and another six in the
plural for each declension.
Why did we put up with learning
languages like Latin and Attic Greek?
No reason except - we loved them.
These few examples should help such as
call upon this deity to tidy up their grammar
should they wish to use classical Latin or
Greek. I know that many Satanists criticise
the Church of Rome, its philosophies, hypocricies,
etc., but the priests of that Church at least are
highly fluent in Classical languages and can
address their god using the proper grammar and
syntax and can communicate fluently in that
language. (Hebrew is ignored for general use
so the language of Christian mysteries from an
early epoch was Latin not Hebrew.)
It does make one a trifle irritable when
two Classical languages are mixed together (the
Latin "Ave" with the Greek "Satanas") - hell knows
the number of times I was given a load of grief
when I could not remember a certain Latin word and
substituted the Greek equivalent. My tutor
would go absolutely wild with rage!
Here then is an overdue gift to those
who call the Dominus Infernus, or should I say
"Dominum Infernum" - accusitive
case, as he is the object of this phrase.
As I mentioned Anton Szandor LaVey in
the second paragraph, perhaps we should reappraise
the man, his philosophy and his work by reading
through this excellent review
of his life history.
Oh yes - a very warm greeting to the
worshippers of SAT-TAN in the original and
true concept who may read this page.
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