I got rid of this site a while ago, but I wanted some place to post my Strenuous Life (TSL) training logs, as well as thoughts about various things to share them with other people.

The title refers to ἀρετή, the Greek idea of excellence in person.

The site's description is "Esse quam videri // Facta, non verba" to represent how I would like to live my life. "Esse quam videri" comes from Cicero's On Friendship:

Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt.

Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so.

"Facta, non verba" is Latin for "deeds, not words."

I chose two Latin phrases to connect back to the long history of men seeking to live better lives of virtue, character, intellect, and strength. I am trying to push myself every day to be stronger in mind, body, and character, and to live a life of service to other people. I hope to document this here.