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1/n #Atheist Ôëá #Nastika

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In early ancient Greek, the adjective átheos was used as a term of condemnation largely meaning "impious".
2/n Comes 5th Century BC, átheos began to indicate more deliberate and active godlessness with perspective of "severing relations with the gods" or "denying the gods".
3/n Then came the term term "asebēs"applied against those who denied or disrespected the gods of particular locality, even if they believed in other gods. In modern translations of classical texts átheos is mentioned as "atheistic".

Source: Atheism in Pagan Antiquity
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