#27 — Practice what is just (Πραττε δικαια)

An earlier Maxim enjoins us to “Be overcome by justice (Ηττω υπο δικαιου)”, and this one, like the other one requires us to think about what is justand unjust so that we can take action. This one however is, in my opinion more of an active one because we are actually enjoined to put something…

#23 — Long for wisdom (Σοφιαν ζηλου)

“For Wisdom be zealous” might be a better translation for this Maxim but “Long for Wisdom” still conveys the meaning of it in English. When we long for wisdom, we begin to take steps to learn and grow. Because of this, the message of this Maxim is one that we need to take to heart…

#22 — Pursue honor (Δοξαν διωκε)

This is an especially appropriate Maxim for the weekend I am writing this. In the United States, it is Memorial Day weekend. And it is this Maxim that many of the military live by. However, this is a translation that many people misunderstand as doxan is more than simply ‘honor’ in Greek, it is also…

#20 — Love friendship (Φιλιαν αγαπα)

You would think that this is an easy Maxim to write about as one would think that it is self-evident. As with the Maxim that enjoins us to “Help Your Friends” (Maxim #15 for those who are keeping count) most people would think that it is easy to love friendship. However, this means that we…

#19 — Do not use an oath (Ορκω μη χρω)

According to the YSEE “Lexicon of Standard Terminology for Hellenismos an “ORKOS (Oath) is an appeal to the THEOI (Gods) when making serious promises to which it is deemed expedient to have the THEOI bear witness. An ORKOS is always taken in front of a VOMOS (Altar) upon which the ORKIZOMENOS/ORKIZOMENE lays a hand while…