Ethical Maxims

Category: Ancient Learning

It is well known that Greek philosophers produced many theoretical and practical works on morality or ethics (Ethical Philosophy). But there was also a strong Greco-Roman tradition of less philosophical works of ethical instruction, which were often little more than lists of brief moral commandments, so-called maxims. They should not be taken as binding rules in the way that the Ten Commandments are meant to be in Judaism and Christianity – as is evident from the mere fact that there are so many varying texts in the maxim genre – but neither should they be overlooked. This category includes the following translations: