Thursday, May 10, 2018
And Peleus the aged was telling his own son, Achilleus,Iliad 6.208 (Hippolochus to Glaucus) = Iliad 11.784.
to be always best in battle and pre-eminent beyond all others.
Πηλεὺς μὲν ᾧ παιδὶ γέρων ἐπέτελλ᾽ Ἀχιλῆϊ
αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων.
Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897), The Greeks and Greek Civilization, tr. Sheila Stern (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998), p. 140, called this "the fundamental principle of Greek life."
Email from William Glennon (with subject line αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν):
Motto on seal of Boston College.
Usually translated 'Always eat breakfast' (ex ἀριστάω).