chapter  III
THE CARDINAL VIRTUES
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T HE ACTUAL PHRASE 'the cardinal virtues' seems to derive from St Ambrose;1 the doctrine emerged in Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries, and is presented for the first

time in Plato's Republic. But the process of analysis was taking place a hundred and more years previously. In a difficult passage in the third N emean ode Pindar writes as follows.