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Greek Virtue, Hebrew Covenant & Greece Geography

1. What is meant by the Greek virtue or arete?
2. What was the Covenant that the Hebrews made with their God?
3. How did the geography of Greece influence its political development?

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1) What is meant by the Greek virtue or arete?

The most articulated value in Greek culture is areté. Translated as "virtue," the word actually means something closer to "being the best you can be," or "reaching your highest human potential." The term from Homeric times onwards is not gender specific. The man or woman of areté is a person of the highest effectiveness; they use all their faculties: strength, bravery, wit, and deceptiveness, to achieve real results. The concept implies a human-centered universe in which human actions are of paramount importance; the world is a place of conflict and difficulty, and human value and meaning is measured against individual effectiveness in the world.

2) What was the Covenant that the Hebrews made with their God?

A covenant is an agreement, compact or contract between two or more parties. In the Bible, however, the term implies more of a formal ...

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This solution defines Greek Virtue, explains the Hebrew Covenant, and explores how the geography of Greece influenced its political development.

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