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Headword: Aretô
Adler number: alpha,3832
Translated headword: I am excellent, I pursue excellence
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] I cultivate excellence.
Procopius [writes]: "but both [sides], some courting death, others pursuing excellence, went in close with great [force]."[1]
Greek Original:
Aretô: to aretês epimeloumai. Prokopios: amphoteroi de, hoi men thanatôntes, hoi de aretôntes, epi tous pelas pollôi hiento.
Notes:
cf. generally alpha 3830, alpha 3831. LSJ entry at web address 1.
[1] Procopius, History of the Wars of Justinian 8.35.21. The implication of the contrast is noteworthy: in battle, excellence (arete) would be marred by an aim to die at all costs.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; ethics; historiography; military affairs
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 July 2001@12:25:42.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (modified translation, added link and keyword) on 12 July 2001@12:31:44.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 13 July 2001@03:27:00.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 24 August 2002@09:23:18.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 13 October 2005@08:11:57.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 11 April 2012@07:38:27.
Catharine Roth (supplemented note) on 11 November 2013@01:31:25.

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