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On Courage, Chapters 5–8

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Chapter Summary

Complementing the discourse on peacetime courage is an exposition of Mosaic andreia as exhibited in wartime, which is divided into two major parts. The first part reviews the law's regulations governing the selection of military recruits (§§ 22-33), while the second offers an historical exemplum of how an army thus constituted succeeds in combat (§§ 34-46). A principal idea for both parts is that for a soldier to excel on the battlefield, his soul as well as his body must be in good condition, his reasoning ability undistracted by any desire or passion. The importance of humanity in the execution of courageous acts is also indicated. Exemplars of peacetime courage offer counsels of the highest public benefit, advancing the common interests of the state.

Keywords:courageous acts; historical exemplum; peacetime courage; wartime



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