Saturday, March 26, 2016
Citations for sophrosyne
So why do we continue to set ourselves the Herculean task of total self-denial, abnegation and avoidance instead of practising that other ancient Greek model of sophrosyne--temperance, prudence and self-control? Why cut out when we can simply cut down?
They praised the right mean between extravagant extremes, and, of virtues and vices, emphasized the vice of arrogant boastfulness (hubris) which led kings like Xerxes to assume the attributes and lay claim to the qualities that belong only to the gods, and the virtue of self-control (sophrosyne) which kept a man within the limits of good conduct.
Origin of sophrosyne
Sophrosyne stems from the Greek sṓphrōn meaning "prudent." It entered English in the late 1800s.