Leisure Yesterday and Today

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Stephanie Warner PHS 276B Dr. Valeria Freysinger September 16, 2007 Leisure Yesterday and Today: Ancient Greece and Rome 1. What did leisure mean in ancient Greece and why? Greek philosophers agreed on the importance of development and governing to the society with leisure. They thought leisure was an end in itself and essential to being a free person. Plato defined leisure as the time free for the self-development and expression. It was freedom for engagement with the culture and especially the arts of music, poetry, and philosophy; much for that freedom from necessity. Aristotle thought leisure was freedom from necessity. The elite leisure class supported to assure a wise and just government. Leisure was an end to itself, intrinsically good and the highest end of human activity. He said leisure was a state of being. It was always desirable and never for the sake of anything else. Leisure was not self-centered or self-absorbed, and it involved governing and preparing to govern. He also said that leisure was not just intrinsic pleasure; it involved putting rational principles in a middle ground of virtue and character that is the basis of being a good citizen. Leisure has both a social and a personal ethic.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course KNH 276 taught by Professor Freysinger during the Fall '07 term at Miami University.

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