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12 07, 2017

What is arete? Virtue in Greek philosophy – Definition of arete

By |2018-01-01T18:30:43-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|1 Comment

Arete in action: Penelope and her slave watch Odysseus kill the suitors Definition of arete: In ancient Greece, arete meant "goodness" or "excellence". It's related to araomai, to pray, and to aristos, meaning "the best." That's where the word "aristocracy" comes from. Aristocracy is the rule of the best people. So you needed arete [...]

30 06, 2017

What is tyranny? Definition

By |2017-06-30T00:03:06-07:00June 30th, 2017|Government, Greeks|0 Comments

Kritios Boy statue from the time of the tyranny in Athens In Greece and West Asia, mainly in what is now Turkey, there was a period of time around 650-400 BC when tyrants ruled many city-states. "Tyrant" is probably a Lydian word, from West Asia. This is how tyrannies usually grew out of [...]