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'''Personal Virtues
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These are the qualities of life to which every Citizen (and, ideally, everyone else) should aspire. They are the heart of the Via Romana — the Roman Way — and are thought to be those qualities which gave the Roman Republic the moral strength to conquer and civilize the world. Today, they are the rods against which we can measure our own behavior and character, and we can strive to better understand and practice them in our everyday lives.
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== Personal virtues ==
  
Auctoritas
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These are the qualities of life to which every [[citizen]] (and, ideally, everyone else) should aspire. They are the heart of the [[Via Romana]] — the Roman Way — and are thought to be those qualities which gave the [[Roman Republic]] the moral strength to conquer and civilize the world. Today, they are the rods against which we can measure our own behavior and character, and we can strive to better understand and practice them in our everyday lives.
    "Spiritual Authority" The sense of one's social standing, built up through experience, Pietas, and Industria.  
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Comitas
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[[Auctoritas]] 
    "Humour" Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.  
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:"Spiritual Authority" The sense of one's social standing, built up through experience, Pietas, and Industria.  
  
Clementia
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[[Comitas]]
    "Mercy" Mildness and gentleness.  
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:"Humour" Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.  
  
Dignitas
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[[Clementia]] 
    "Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.  
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:"Mercy" Mildness and gentleness.  
  
Firmitas
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[[Dignitas]] 
    "Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.  
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:"Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.  
  
Frugalitas
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[[Firmitas]] 
    "Frugalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.  
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:"Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.  
  
Gravitas
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[[Frugalitas]] 
    "Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.  
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:"Frugalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.  
  
Honestas
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[[Gravitas]] 
    "Respectibility" The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.  
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:"Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.  
  
Humanitas
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[[Honestas]] 
    "Humanity" Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.  
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:"Respectibility" The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.  
  
Industria
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[[Humanitas]]
    "Industriousness" Hard work.  
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:"Humanity" Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.  
  
Pietas
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[[Industria]] 
    "Dutifulness" More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others.  
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:"Industriousness" Hard work.  
  
Prudentia
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[[Pietas]] 
    "Prudence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.  
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:"Dutifulness" More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others.  
  
Salubritas
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[[Prudentia]] 
    "Wholesomeness" Health and cleanliness.  
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:"Prudence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.  
  
Severitas
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[[Salubritas]] 
    "Sternness" Gravity, self-control.  
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:"Wholesomeness" Health and cleanliness.  
  
Veritas
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[[Severitas]] 
    "Truthfulness" Honesty in dealing with others.  
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:"Sternness" Gravity, self-control.  
  
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[[Veritas]] 
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:"Truthfulness" Honesty in dealing with others.
  
[edit] Public Virtues
 
  
In addition to the private virtues which were aspired to by individuals, Roman culture also strived to uphold virtues which were shared by all of society in common. Note that some of the virtues to which individuals were expected to aspire are also public virtues to be sought by society as a whole. These virtues were often expressed by minting them on coinage; in this way, their message would be shared by all the classical world. In many cases, these virtues were personified as deities.
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== Public virtues ==
  
For more, see Aquila - The Public Roman Virtues.
 
  
Abundantia
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In addition to the private virtues which were aspired to by individuals, Roman culture also strove to uphold virtues which were shared by all of society in common. Note that some of the virtues to which individuals were expected to aspire are also public virtues to be sought by society as a whole. These virtues were often expressed by minting them on coinage; in this way, their message would be shared by all the classical world. In many cases, these virtues were personified as deities.
    "Abundance, Plenty" The ideal of there being enough food and prosperity for all segments of society.  
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Aequitas
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*For more, see [[Aquila - The Public Roman Virtues (Nova Roma)]].
    "Equity" Fair dealing both within government and among the people.  
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Bonus Eventus
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[[Abundantia]] 
    "Good fortune" Rememberance of important positive events.  
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:"Abundance, Plenty" The ideal of there being enough food and prosperity for all segments of society.  
  
Clementia
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[[Aequitas]] 
    "Clemency" Mercy, shown to other nations.  
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:"Equity" Fair dealing both within government and among the people.  
  
Concordia
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[[Bonus Eventus]] 
    "Concord" Harmony among the Roman people, and also between Rome and other nations.  
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:"Good fortune" Rememberance of important positive events.  
  
Felicitas
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[[Clementia]]
    "Happiness, prosperity" A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.  
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:"Clemency" Mercy, shown to other nations.  
  
Fides
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[[Concordia]]
    "Confidence" Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings.  
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:"Concord" Harmony among the Roman people, and also between Rome and other nations.  
  
Fortuna
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[[Felicitas]]
    "Fortune" An acknowledgement of positive events.  
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:"Happiness, prosperity" A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.  
  
Genius
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[[Fides]]
    "Spirit of Rome" Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people.  
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:"Confidence" Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings.  
  
Hilaritas
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[[Fortuna]] 
    "Mirth, rejoicing" An expression of happy times.  
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:"Fortune" An acknowledgement of positive events.  
  
Iustitia
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[[Genius]] 
    "Justice" As expressed by sensible laws and governance.  
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:"Spirit of Rome" Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people.  
  
Laetitia
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[[Hilaritas]]
    "Joy, Gladness" The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.  
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:"Mirth, rejoicing" An expression of happy times.  
  
Liberalitas
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[[Iustitia]]
    "Liberality" Generous giving.  
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:"Justice" As expressed by sensible laws and governance.  
  
Libertas
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[[Laetitia]]
    "Freedom" AVirtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures.  
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:"Joy, Gladness" The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.  
  
Nobilitas
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[[Liberalitas]]
    "Noblility" Noble action within the public sphere.  
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:"Liberality" Generous giving.  
  
Ops
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[[Libertas]]
    "Wealth" Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world.  
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:"Freedom" A virtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures.  
  
Patientia
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[[Nobilitas]]
    "Endurance, Patience" The ability to weather storms and crisis.  
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:"Noblility" Noble action within the public sphere.  
  
Pax
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[[Ops]]
    "Peace" A celebration of peace among society and between nations.  
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:"Wealth" Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world.  
  
Pietas
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[[Patientia]] 
    "Piety, Dutifulness" People paying honor to the gods.  
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:"Endurance, Patience" The ability to weather storms and crisis.  
  
Providentia
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[[Pax]]
    "Providence, Fortethought" The ability of Roman society to survive trials and manifest a greater destiny.  
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:"Peace" A celebration of peace among society and between nations.  
  
Pudicita
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[[Pietas]]
    "Modesty, Chastity." A public expression which belies the accusation of "moral corruptness" in ancient Rome.  
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:"Piety, Dutifulness" People paying honor to the gods.  
  
Salus
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[[Providentia]]
    "Safety" Concern for public health and wellfare.  
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:"Providence, Fortethought" The ability of Roman society to survive trials and manifest a greater destiny.  
  
Securitas
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[[Pudicita]]
    "Confidence, Security" Brought by peace and efficient governance.  
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:"Modesty, Chastity." A public expression which belies the accusation of "moral corruptness" in ancient Rome.  
  
Spes
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[[Salus]]
    "Hope" Especially during times of difficulty.  
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:"Safety" Concern for public health and wellfare.  
  
Uberitas
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[[Securitas]]
    "Fertility" Particularly concerning agriculture.  
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:"Confidence, Security" Brought by peace and efficient governance.  
  
Virtus  
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[[Spes]]
    "Courage" Especially of leaders within society and government. '''
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:"Hope" Especially during times of difficulty.
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[[Uberitas]]
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:"Fertility" Particularly concerning agriculture.
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[[Virtus]]
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:"Courage" Especially of leaders within society and government. '''
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Personal virtues

These are the qualities of life to which every citizen (and, ideally, everyone else) should aspire. They are the heart of the Via Romana — the Roman Way — and are thought to be those qualities which gave the Roman Republic the moral strength to conquer and civilize the world. Today, they are the rods against which we can measure our own behavior and character, and we can strive to better understand and practice them in our everyday lives.

Auctoritas

"Spiritual Authority" The sense of one's social standing, built up through experience, Pietas, and Industria.

Comitas

"Humour" Ease of manner, courtesy, openness, and friendliness.

Clementia

"Mercy" Mildness and gentleness.

Dignitas

"Dignity" A sense of self-worth, personal pride.

Firmitas

"Tenacity" Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose.

Frugalitas

"Frugalness" Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly.

Gravitas

"Gravity" A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness.

Honestas

"Respectibility" The image that one presents as a respectable member of society.

Humanitas

"Humanity" Refinement, civilization, learning, and being cultured.

Industria

"Industriousness" Hard work.

Pietas

"Dutifulness" More than religious piety; a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others.

Prudentia

"Prudence" Foresight, wisdom, and personal discretion.

Salubritas

"Wholesomeness" Health and cleanliness.

Severitas

"Sternness" Gravity, self-control.

Veritas

"Truthfulness" Honesty in dealing with others.


Public virtues

In addition to the private virtues which were aspired to by individuals, Roman culture also strove to uphold virtues which were shared by all of society in common. Note that some of the virtues to which individuals were expected to aspire are also public virtues to be sought by society as a whole. These virtues were often expressed by minting them on coinage; in this way, their message would be shared by all the classical world. In many cases, these virtues were personified as deities.

Abundantia

"Abundance, Plenty" The ideal of there being enough food and prosperity for all segments of society.

Aequitas

"Equity" Fair dealing both within government and among the people.

Bonus Eventus

"Good fortune" Rememberance of important positive events.

Clementia

"Clemency" Mercy, shown to other nations.

Concordia

"Concord" Harmony among the Roman people, and also between Rome and other nations.

Felicitas

"Happiness, prosperity" A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society.

Fides

"Confidence" Good faith in all commercial and governmental dealings.

Fortuna

"Fortune" An acknowledgement of positive events.

Genius

"Spirit of Rome" Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people.

Hilaritas

"Mirth, rejoicing" An expression of happy times.

Iustitia

"Justice" As expressed by sensible laws and governance.

Laetitia

"Joy, Gladness" The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis.

Liberalitas

"Liberality" Generous giving.

Libertas

"Freedom" A virtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures.

Nobilitas

"Noblility" Noble action within the public sphere.

Ops

"Wealth" Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world.

Patientia

"Endurance, Patience" The ability to weather storms and crisis.

Pax

"Peace" A celebration of peace among society and between nations.

Pietas

"Piety, Dutifulness" People paying honor to the gods.

Providentia

"Providence, Fortethought" The ability of Roman society to survive trials and manifest a greater destiny.

Pudicita

"Modesty, Chastity." A public expression which belies the accusation of "moral corruptness" in ancient Rome.

Salus

"Safety" Concern for public health and wellfare.

Securitas

"Confidence, Security" Brought by peace and efficient governance.

Spes

"Hope" Especially during times of difficulty.

Uberitas

"Fertility" Particularly concerning agriculture.

Virtus

"Courage" Especially of leaders within society and government.
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