n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Why conscience makes cowards of us all : a classical perspective

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In this article I attempt to clarify the association, often found in literature, between conscience and cowardice, by tracing the modern notion of conscience back to the σύνοιδα word group in classical Greek literature. The two basically divergent ways in which the association was viewed by the ancient Greeks, and how these perspectives have persisted to modern times, are also briefly discussed.

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