Poly… what?

Tell me, Muse, of the man of many ways (polytropos), who was driven far journeys after he had sacked Troy's sacred citadel.

In around 800 BC, Homer wrote the Odyssey. In it, he narrates the story of Odysseus—perhaps the greatest of Greek heroes.

On the very first line of the epic (quoted above), he describes him as a polytropos, that is, as a man “of many ways”, or “of twists and turns.”

Odysseus is the antithesis of the modern man: he is complex, clever, cunning and resourceful. Above all, he is alive, and leads a life of exploration and adventure.

Being a polytropos means being well-traveled through all that life has to offer, and most importantly capable of using it all to your advantage.

It means…

  • Incorporating practical wisdom (phronesis)

  • Developing vitality through the body (thumos)

  • Mastering the art of persuasion (rhetorike)

  • Crafting a beautiful & worthy life (kalon)

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The Polytropos’ Pill is part of Project Impero.