In reading up on it, I came across this:
: What is “virtue,” i.e. what does the word mean? The Greek word in question is arete, a term cognate with the name of the Greek god of war, Ares. Originally the term seems to have connoted primarily martial prowess, but gradually it came to mean any kind of skill or superiority in any craft or profession. By the time of Socrates it had come to signify superiority of intellect or moral character above all else. So, near the end of the dialogue, the names of some men famed for their statesmanship are cited as prima facie exemplars of arete, on the presumed grounds that they were both highly intelligent and highly moral in their skillful management of the state’s affairs. [emphasis mine]
http://users.hartwick.edu/burringtond/d ... meno2.html
So, The Chariot as "Virtue". Thoughts?