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The Ideals

The Ancient Hellenic Ideals have been well presented in Edith Hamilton's The Greek Way, and they include:

  • importance and worth of the individual
  • concept of freedom
  • value of seeking the truth and being guided by it
  • principle of democracy allowing all citizens to govern themselves
  • awareness of perfect beauty leading us to higher aspirations
  • use of ethics as a guide in everything, including the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians
  • importance of studying writing, gymnastics, philosophy, music, and painting