Romanitas, in Nova Roma, refers to the general study and practice of Roman culture. It is the direct application of Roman ethics, virtues, and philosophies in our everyday life, and it is one of the main goals of Nova Roma to promote the Romanitas and the mos maiorum among its citizens.
As with all aspects of Nova Roma, the extent to which any given citizen indulges in this area is up to his or her own inclination; but it is certainly encouraged. This includes the learning and use of the Latin language, the study and reenactment of Roman arts (including historical civil or military reenactments), the production of Roman drama, the study of Roman history, and a wide variety of other pursuits. It is as part of the mos maiorum that citizens are expected to take up Roman names for use within our society.
As with all things that make up the Roman culture, the emphasis is on the practical application of these arts and this knowledge in our everyday lives. We study Rome because we seek to emulate Rome; we emulate Rome because we admire Rome. By promoting Roman culture, we are in effect promoting nothing less than the revitalization of Western society. By practicing Roman crafts and arts, we more fully understand our own Western roots.
There are many ways in Nova Roma to be involved in the Roman way of life
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. Choose the way that fits your style and interests.