Arete

Core Vocab: aretē

The Core Vocab word this month is aretē [ἀρετή], which Professor Nagy translates as ‘striving for a noble goal, for high ideals; noble goal, high ideals’. In the visual arts, aretē is often depicted as a female figure, while Phoenix tells Achilles “the might [aretē] and majesty [timē] of the gods are more than ours”. Let us explore this word to see how the texts illustrate its qualities in different… Read more