Unformatted text preview: What is eudaimonia? What role does it play in the development of the polis during the Golden Age of Greece? Through etymology, eudaimonia literally translates to happy spirit. In layman’s terms, it is the satisfaction of life. Along with arête (virtue), eudaimonia comprised a major aspect of Classical Greek ethics. Eudaimonia guided the household, governed the political system, and expanded the arts. Eudaimonia literally began the Golden Age for the Athenians. Within the household, eudaimonia promoted cooperation within the family. Everyone was generally hospitable and families enforced well-being and good spirits. Social life sprang up with the organization of more social events like festivals or celebrations. Everyone was respected with genuine emotion and this expression of ethics helped foster future relations with governments and other political powers. The government also benefitted from eudaimonia. The concept of eudaimonia definitely supports the Athenian thought of democracy. The idea of a satisfied spirit helps to keep politics and religion apart, Athenian thought of democracy....
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- Summer '08