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“The dialogue identifies justice with a balance among reason, the high-spiritedness that Plato calls thumos or to thumoeides, and the desires collectively known as epithumiai.”
“James Romm: As another student of history who is captivated by the issue of honor, let me remark that the honor-seeking part of Alexander's nature, what Plato would call his thumos, is well brought out by your film, which I have just seen in its fine newly edited and expanded version " Alexander Revisited ".”
“The Greek word for gutsy, which is all I remember from translating bits of the Iliad, is thumos.”
“And in any event, not wishing to offend (or being offended) is a matter of morality (related to thumos), not intellect.”
“That's why he called one thumos and the other epithumetikon, the dark and light horses that pull the chariot of the lover's soul.”
“They more often bring thumos, not morals, but thumos is essential too.”
“And it is not for men to provide thumos, because women are no less naturally rambunctious than men.”
“Mr. Mansfield did not mention the war, which is a downer at conclaves of neocons and thumos worshippers.”
“In thumos, he added, we see the animality of man, for men and especially males often behave like dogs barking, snakes hissing, birds flapping.”
“But he explained that thumos is “the bristling reaction of an animal in face of a threat or a possible threat.””
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Balai (died 460) was a chorepiscopus of Beroera who wrote poetry with a wealth of imagery. Most words here are from Olivier Clement's commentary on the Patristic Era of which Balai is a participant.
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