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Pleasure
(1,185 words)

(ἡδονή/hēdonḗ, Lat. voluptas).

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A. Definition and background

The Greek idea of pleasure as the aim and defining motive in conducting one's life appears comparatively early in Greek didactic literature, with both positive and negative assessments (e.g. Hes. Op. 287-92; Theognis 983-985; Simonides fr. 71; 79; particularly impressive in Prodicus' parable of the choice of Heracles between the easy path of physical pleasure and the arduous p…

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Frede, Dorothea (Hamburg) and Brachtendorf, Johannes (Tübingen), “Pleasure”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e712390>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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