Freedom or Death
Eleftheria i thanatos (Greek Ελευθερία ή θάνατος -- freedom or death) is the motto of the Hellenic Republic. It arose during the Greek War of Independence in the 1820s, where it was a war cry for the Greeks who rebelled against Ottoman rule. It was adopted after the War of Independence. It is still in use today, and is symbolically evoked by the use of 9 stripes (for the nine syllables of the motto) in the Greek flag.
The motto symbolized and still symbolizes the resolve of the people of Greece against Tyranny and oppression.
- "Слобода или смрт" - "Sloboda ili Smrt" - "Freedom or Death" is the national motto of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and is derived from the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising.
- "Libertad o Muerte" - "Liberty or Death" is the national motto of Uruguay
- "Live Free or Die" is the official motto of the State of New Hampshire, USA, adopted by the General Court in 1945.
- The Armenian Fedayee used the phrase, "Azadoutioun gam mah", which translates to the same meaning.