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Achilles

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Son of Peleus and Thetis; greatest Greek hero in the Trojan War; central character of Homer's Iliad. He is king of Phthia, or ‘Hellas and Phthia’, in southern Thessaly, and his people are...

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Diphilus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Of Sinope on the south coast of the Black Sea, brother of Diodorus of Sinope, New Comedy poet, born c.360–350bc, lived most of his life at Athens, but died in Smyrna probably at the...

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doctrine of the mean

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

A central doctrine in Aristotle's account of excellence of character. Aristotle describes that excellence as concerned with pathē, i.e. motivational impulses, chiefly emotions, and with...

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Greek biography

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Biography in antiquity was not a rigidly defined genre. Bios, ‘life’, or bioi, ‘lives’, spanned a range of types of writing. So the boundaries with neighbouring genres—the encomium, the...

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integrity

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Philosophy.

Most simply a synonym for honesty. But integrity is frequently connected with the more complicated notion of a wholeness or harmony of the self, associated with a proper conception of...

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literary criticism in antiquity

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

1. The arts of formal speech played a big part in ancient life; so it was natural that vocabularies and conceptual frameworks should be developed for the purposes of...

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segregation of alleles

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

The law of segregation of alleles, the first of Mendel's laws, stating that every somatic cell of an organism carries a pair of hereditary units (now identified as alleles) for each...

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X-linked

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Of or relating to a gene situated on the X chromosome or a character (2) or trait determined by such a gene. Most X-linked disorders and conditions, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy,...

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