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ψυχήν, ‘soul,’ the man's moral nature generally: φρόνημα, the ‘spirit’ of his dealing in public affairs, according as his aims are lofty or mean, his policy bold or timid (cp. 207τοιόνδ᾽ ἐμὸν φρόνημα”): γνώμην, the intellectual aspect of the man, his ability and judgment. In Her. 5.124ψυχὴν οὐκ ἄκρος”, 3. 14 “διεπειρᾶτο αὐτοῦ τῆς ψυχῆς”, the word=‘fortitude.’ But the usage of Soph. favours the more general sense here: cp. 227, 929, Ai. 1361σκληρὰν...ψυχήν”, El. 219σᾷ δυσθύμῳ τίκτουσ᾽ αἰεὶ ψυχᾷ πολέμους”. Plato has the phrase “τῆς ψυχῆς τὴν γνώμην” for ‘the intellect’ (Legg. 672 B).

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    • Herodotus, Histories, 5.124
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