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(Σωφροσύνη; Sōphrosýnē). Personification of 'prudence and moderation', first in Theognis (1135-1140), in whose political thought the concept plays a central role: alluding to Hesiod's tale of Pandora (Hes. Erg. 57-105), Theognis has the Charites, Pistis and S. leave the Earth. An Attic burial inscription of the 4th century BC mentions S. as a daughter of Aidṓs ('respect'). In Asia Minor S. was worshipped as a cult [1].


1 G. Türk, s. v. S., RE 3 A, 1107 (epigraphic evidence).

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Rausch, Sven, “Sophrosyne”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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