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Lit. ‘love of honour’ (tīmē). The pursuit of honour(s), tangible or intangible, was a constant of élite behaviour throughout Graeco‐Roman antiquity; all that changed was its context and the extent to which it was given unbridled expression or else harnessed to the needs of the community at large. Of the latter phenomenon Classical Athens (see democracy, athenian) provides rich literary and epigraphic documentation, at city level and elsewhere; philotimia was good if its fruits brought communal benefit, and tīmē duly bestowed on the naturally competitive served as an object‐lesson for all.

See agones; euergetism.

See agones; euergetism.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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