By Ralph Mark Rosen, Ineke Sluiter
An exam of a valuable thought within the self-definition of any Greek-speaking male: "Andreia", the suggestion of braveness and manliness. via a mixture of lexical or semantic and conceptual stories the discourse of manliness and its function within the development of social order is explored.
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3 This transition can be mapped in a variety of ways in the ancient sources; a lexical or semantic map is obviously partial and selective. Still, culturally signiﬁcant words like andreia have histories, not sim ply in the sense that they have etymologies or because they stay in circulation (or do not) over a signiﬁcant period of time. While these aspects of the history of lexical meaning are important, more perti nent to the present discussion is the process by which a particular word becomes the subject of deﬁnition.
She compares Artemisia with Themistocles as exemplars of ethical and political expediency in the Histories. During the Battle of Salamis, Artemisia rams and sinks the ship of an ally. 1) is “a morally neutral trait and therefore entails a relative deﬁciency of aretê in the traditional sense of straightforward valor based on a ﬁrm ethical stance . . In the case of Artemisia at Salamis, the intelligence and skill she displays even blatantly deny heroic valor” (103). I would say that Artemisia’s andrêiê is not ‘morally neutral’ but that the word itself conveys ethical and political expediency and an absence of ‘heroic valor’.
For a brief but informative essay on the history of the dic tionary, see Crystal 1987, 108–11. 6 Cf. Allison 1997, xiii on abstractions as terms that by deﬁnition do not have “concrete objects of reference”. 7 For an overview of the history of Greek semantics, see Sluiter 1997, 149–224. See also, Allison 1997, 1–18. 8 Allison 1997, xi; cf. 7. See also, Sluiter 1997, 177. ROSEN/F3/25-58 10/1/02 2:11 PM Page 28 28 it demonstrates how the relationship between abstract terms and their referents is an important feature of Athenian political rhetoric.