In this lecture, Professor Donald Kagan offers a sketch of the Greek heroic code of ethics. He shows that in this community,Â arÃªteÂ (manly virtue) and honor are extremely important and even worth dying for, as the case of Achilles makes clear. In addition, Professor Kagan shows how this society eventually produced a new phenomenon, the rise of theÂ polis. The discussion ends with a strong emphasis on the importance of theÂ polisÂ in Greek history.
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