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Aeimnestus (Gr. Ἀείμνηστος) is an Ancient Greek word, also spelled aeímnēstos and arímnēstos that means "unforgettable", literally "of everlasting memory". It was the name of multiple revered Greek warriors.

A Spartan soldier Aeimnestus killed the Persian general Mardonius by crushing Mardonius' head with a rock during the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. The event was described in Book 9 of the Histories of Herodotus.[1] Plutarch calls the same man "Arimnestus" (Ἀρίμνηστος).[2]

Another Spartan by the same name led three hundred men against the whole Messenian army in the Messenian Wars; both he and his company were killed to the last man.[3]

A Plataean general Arimnestos led his city's host in the battles of Marathon and Plataea.


Notes

Herodotus, Histories, ix. 64
Plutarch, Aristides 19
Smith, William (1867). "Aeimnestus". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. Boston. p. 27. Archived from the original on 2007-09-06.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed. (1870). "Aegimus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.

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