n Akroterion - Fighting in the phalanx : the moral nature of the Οπλιτικη τεχνη

Volume 59, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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These pages wish to offer a brief reflection on an aspect of the process of professionalization that Greek warfare underwent from the end of the fifth century BC onward (all dates hereafter BC). The analysis will focus on the content and nature of the τέχνη that the Greek hoplite ought to acquire to become a χειροτέχνης - an expert artisan in . The intention is to explore whether this τέχνη could be understood not as technical proficiency in a certain military skill that the hoplite acquires by practice but as a choice he is trained to make between εύταςια and άταςία. These terms, usually understood in a technical acceptation as 'order / discipline' and 'disorder / insubordination', will be presented here as frames of mind [ήθη τής ψνχής] and discussed in the light of Plato's use of the terms εύψνχία and κακοψνχία as hallmarks of the good and bad hoplite.

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