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HUBRIS - Ancient Greek Words

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Hubris - Ancient Greek Words

This photograph is taken at the Sanctuary of Nemesis, Nemesis was the Goddess of Divine Retribution.

By Alexios Demos on Novmeber 18, 2019
Temple of Nemesis Ramnous Rhamnous Hubris Word
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Sanctuary of Nemesis - Rhamnous


I know what you are thinking how ironic to post the word “HUBRIS” on Instagram nonetheless this generally forgotten ancient Greek word has a rather interesting story! This photograph is taken at the Temple of Nemesis, Nemesis was the Goddess of Divine Retribution against those who committed Hubris towards the gods. In other words you definitely did not want to mess with her as she was the enforcer of the gods and delivered their wrath against those whose profound pride led them to shameful actions. She was also known as Adrasteia which meant the “inescapable”. Hubris was considered an actual crime at least from the time of Solon in 6th century B.C. and one could legally charge another citizen of it. It fascinates me that when you create a word you give power to an abstract idea and it becomes a tangible enough concept to even enter the legal code (at least of the time). Hubris is a common theme in Ancient Greek tragedies and perhaps the most famous truly capturing its essence is Oedipus Rex by Sophocles! The ancient Greeks needed this word to describe the opposite of living with honor and I can’t help but think how much this word and the concept it embodies can help us improve ourselves today and frame our thinking and outlook!


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