Campus Life / Areté

Greek and Roman citizens strived for lives of areté, or virtue. For the Romans, the definition of areté encompassed everything that contributed to the stability of the Republic. Individuals who received training for a trade or for the military were thought to live virtuously since their efforts were aimed at making Rome a more viable and stable republic. The Greeks had a broader concept of virtue. Out of a desire that a person might become well-rounded, and not simply a cog in the social machine, the Greeks believed it was important to dwell upon the good, true, and beautiful. In Ephesians 4:8, the Apostle Paul grabs hold of his Greek and Roman audiences when he admonishes them: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence (areté), if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (parentheses added). The pursuit of the excellent or virtuous life comes by way of exploration of God’s world. Dominion offers a wide variety of programs and activities that fall under the umbrella of our Areté program. We invite you to click the links under this section to learn more about how Dominion strives to cultivate a biblical sense of areté in students.