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Origins[ edit ] The origins of the word virtus can be traced back to the Latin word vir, "man". The common list of attributes associated with virtus are typically perceived masculine strengths, which may indicate its derivation from vir.

From the early to the later days of the Roman Empire, there appears to have been a development in how the concept was understood. Originally virtus was used to describe specifically martial courage, but it eventually grew to be used to describe a range of Roman virtues. It was often divided into different qualities including prudentia prudence , iustitia justice , temperantia temperance , self-control , and fortitudo courage.

It implies a link between virtus and the Greek concept of arete. This inclusion leads to the belief that at one time virtus extended to cover a wide range of meanings that covered one general ethical ideal.

During the time of the decline of the Roman elite virtus the Roman upper class no longer thought of themselves as unmanly if they did not serve in the military.

In Roman political philosophy[ edit ] Virtus comes from the aristocratic tradition in which it is a specific type of public conduct. It is really only applicable in the cursus honorum , certainly by the late republic at least.

It is not a "private" virtue in the way that modern people might consider it. Virtus is exercised in the pursuit of gloria for the benefit of the res publica resulting in the winning of eternal "memoria".

Earl "Outside the service of the res publica there can be no magistratus and therefore, strictly speaking, no gloria, no nobilitas, no virtus". However Cicero, a novus homo , asserted that virtus was a virtue particularly suited to the new man just as nobilitas was suited to the noble. Cicero argued that just as young men from noble families won the favor of the people so too should the novus homo earn the favor of the people with his virtus. Sallust asserted that it did not rightfully belong to the nobilitas as a result of their family background but specifically to the novus homo through the exercise of ingenium talent.

For Sallust and Cicero alike, virtus is situated in the winning of glory by the execution of illustrious deeds egregia facinora and the observance of right conduct through bonae artes. Women[ edit ] Virtus was rarely attributed to women, likely because of its association with vir. The highest regarded female virtue was pudicitia: Cicero , however, attributes this characteristic to females several times.

He uses it once to describe Caecilia Metella when she helps a man who is being chased by assassins. Children[ edit ] Virtus was not a term commonly used to describe children. Since virtus was primarily attributed to a full grown man who had served in the military, children were not particularly suited to obtain this particular virtue.

Slaves[ edit ] While a slave was able to be homo "man" he was not considered a vir. Slaves were often referred to as puer Latin for boy to denote that they were not citizens. Once a slave was manumitted he was able to become a vir and he was also classified as a freedman but this did not allow him to have virtus. A good slave or freedman was said to have fides, but no virtus.

If they fought bravely they could be said to have virtus. Virtus could also be lost in battle. Virtus could even be a cause to gain citizenship as in the case of Spanish cavalry men granted citizenship by Cn. Pompeius Strabo in 89 BC for their virtus in battle. His private business was no place to earn virtus, even when it involved courage or feats of arms or other qualities associated to it if performed for the public good.

In private[ edit ] While in many cultures around the world it is considered "manly" to father and provide for a family, family life was considered in the Roman world to be part of the private sphere. During this time there was no place for virtus in the private sphere. Most uses of virtus to describe any part of private life are ambiguous and often refer to another similar quality. He could earn his virtus by serving in the military, and thus could only demonstrate manliness outside of the family setting.

This is another reason that virtus is not often used to describe the Roman private life. Its broad definition led to it being used to describe a number of qualities that the Roman people idealized in their leaders. In everyday life a typical Roman, especially a young boy, would have been inculcated with the idea of virtus. Young boys would have learned how to wield weapons and military tactics starting at home with their fathers and older male relatives and later in school. Also as a young boy one would have heard numerous stories about past heroes, battles, and wars.

Some of these stories would have surely told of the virtus of past heroes, and even family members. Publicly it was easy to see the rewards of virtus. Public triumphs were held for victorious generals and rewards were given to brave fighters. All of this propaganda would have encouraged young boys coming into their manhood to be brave fighters and earn the attribute of virtus. It was the duty of every generation of men to maintain the dignitas which his family had already earned and enlarge it.

In achieving virtus one could achieve gloria. By gaining virtus and gloria one could hope to aspire to high political office and great renown. While young boys were encouraged to earn virtus there were also limits put on showing virtus in public. Displays of violent virtus were controlled through several methods. Men seeking to hold political office typically had to follow the cursus honorum.

Many political offices had an age minimum which ensured that the men filling the positions had the proper amount of experience in the military and in government. This meant that even if a man proved himself capable of filling a position or was able to persuade people that he was capable, he would not necessarily be able to hold the position until he had reached a certain age.

This also served to ensure that in elections of public offices no one had a certain advantage over another person because by the time most men went into public office they would have retired from military service. Furthermore, before any Roman soldier could partake in single combat he had to gain permission from his general.

This procedure was meant to keep soldiers from putting themselves in extremely dangerous situations that they may or may not have been able to handle in order gain virtus. The concept of virtus also tended to be a concept of morality as far as politics were concerned.

This could range from the very literal definition of manliness seen in aggression and the ruthless acquisition of money, land, and power, or the lighter, more idealistic political meaning which almost took on the extended meaning of "pietas", a man who was morally upright and concerned with the matters of the state. Virtus is seen as a positive attribute, though ambitio itself is not necessarily a negative attribute but is often associated with negative methods such as bribery. Plautus said that just as great generals and armies win victory by virtus, so should political candidates.

This gloria was attached to two ideas: The struggle for virtus in Rome was above all a struggle for public office honos , since it was through aspiring to high office, to which one was elected by the People, that a man could best show his manliness by means of military achievement which would in turn cultivate a reputation and votes. It was the duty of every aristocrat and would-be aristocrat to maintain the dignitas which his family had already achieved and to extend it to the greatest possible degree, through higher political office and military victories.

This system resulted in a strong built-in impetus in Roman society to engage in military expansion and conquest at all times. Sexuality[ edit ] While in many cultures the virtue of manliness is also seen as being partly sexual, in the Roman world virtus apparently did not have sexual connotations.

Similar words deriving from the same stem often have sexual connotations. In the Roman world virtus dealt with a great many areas such as martial courage, honor, and being morally upright rather than sexual manliness. Before Cincinnatus was appointed dictator in BC, Rome was in the midst of a battle with the Aequi and needed someone to take control. Messengers sent to fetch him found him plowing in his field.

Upon being informed of the appointment, he wept saying, "So my field will be unsown this year, and we shall be in danger of not having enough food to support us. Upon returning home after the victory, Cincinnatus picked up the plough from where he left it and began plowing again.

Dionysius of Halicarnassus recounts this story to illustrate the type of leaders the men of Rome were. In 55 BC, Pompey inaugurated his grand theatre complex and dedicated several shrines to different gods, one of these being Virtus. He gained a reputation with the public as being a man of virtus.

Cicero, throughout his speech, the De imperio Cn. Pompei, connects Pompey with "divina virtus". The audience did not need to hear his name to know that Pompey was being referenced.

This was one of the first times that Virtus had been recognized as divine. The connection with Honos would have been obvious to most Romans as demonstrations of virtus led to election to public office and both were considered honos. The cult of Honos was already a long-standing tradition in Rome. The marriage of the two deities ensured that Virtus would also get proper respect from the Romans. But an objection by the pontiffs was that one temple could not properly house two gods because there would be no way of knowing which god to sacrifice to should a miracle happen in the temple.

These political catchwords continued to be used as propaganda by later emperors. In literature[ edit ] The comic poet Plautus made use of the concept of virtus in his play Trinummus which concerned family virtus, honor and public office, and obligations to the state. He also offered commentary on the concept of virtus in Amphitruo see above "Virtus and the Public".

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