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

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

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 [...]