September 14, 2021 at 1:22 am #41696
Publius Iunius BrutusDenarii: 𐆖 1,512.68PatriciusPacifica
During this Ludi Romani we recall the patronage of Jupiter, along with the Capitoline, and archaic triads, which include Iuno, Minerva, Mars and Quirinus. We also recall the deeds and virtues of the ancient Roman people which allowed Romasnitas to be a guiding light upon which our modern world is built.
In honor of these aspects of this celebration, we are holding a competition pertaining to the Roman virtues. The rules are as follows:
- Select one of the Roman virtues listed here: http://romanrepublic.org/roma/bibliotheca/roman-virtues/
- Write a reflection on one of the Roman virtues. In this reflection specifically address the following;
- why you personally selected this virtue
- why this virtue is important to society
- how you personally demonstrate or do not demonstrate this virtue
- how you AND the Roman Republic as a cultural nation can better manifest this virtue
- this reflection should be a minimum of 150 words.
- Post this reflection as a response to this thread on the forms
Note: multiple entries are allowed
- 1st place – Victor’s badge on citizen profile, 150 denarii, and the following statute mailed to your address
- 2nd Place – 75 denarii
- 3rd Place – 50 denarii
- participation – any citizen which submits at least one entry of at least 150 words, and does not place in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place will be rewarded 10 denarii for participation
All entries are due by September 21. Judging of the entries will be performed by the Aediles and members of the Collegium Pontificum.
Good luck, and may your words inspire you and other Romans towards further acts of virtue!September 20, 2021 at 8:37 pm #41698
Publius Aurelius BarbatusDenarii: 𐆖 382.30PlebeiusGallia Mississippia
Amongst the Roman Virtues, perhaps none is important to me than Salubritas. This virtue overlaps with several other important virtues, and it forms the core of who I strive to be. It is one of mind, body, and heart. Every person is differently abled, so embodying Salubritas will look different for each person according to their ability and need. But this important virtue is one of the fundamental building blocks to becoming our best selves.
The gods have only given us one body, so we must take care of it to the best of our abilities. When we do not take attend to our hygiene and health, we suffer from new or worsening chronic , both physical and mental. Under these circumstances, one cannot meaningfully contribute to their community in a way that is as productive as if they cared for their body properly. We see the negative affects of this around us everywhere today.
Truthfulness and honesty are also important moral aspects of Salubritas. These are the cornerstone of trust. Without trust in our neighbors and our leaders, we cannot have a healthy functioning society. And that trust must be earned. We build trust though honesty in our actions. We must act with honor and make our word out bond. Again, we see the negative affects a lack of honesty can have in the world around us.
When I meditate on the virtues, I repeat a mantra for each one on how I will try to live each one. My mantras include, “May I strive to be healthy and clean, keep my body and mind and strong, exercise moderation while enjoying food, drink, and vices, and have the discipline to keep balance in my life. May I have a true heart, honor my commitments, keep my word, avoid harmful deceit and deception, do right by the ones I love, and let fairness and equality be my hallmark.” Most days I can go to bed the satisfaction that I followed these mantras. But not every day. Sometimes I fail, either through skipping a workout or eating junk food. Occasionally my coworkers are gossiping, and I will say something less than honorable that I later regret. But each and every day, I wake up and start the day anew, trying my best to live a virtuous life one day at a time.
Being sloppy, slothful, lazy, and untruthful is easy. Living life in a way that embodies Salubritas is hard. We as Romans must set the example we wish to see in the world. We can hold ourselves to a higher standard, we can care for our mind and bodies better, we can act with truthfulness and honesty in a world that values none of these things. Rome, though not without its problems, was once a shining beacon of culture, civilization, and virtues in a barbaric, discordant world. We should look to the past, and learn from our spiritual ancestors. We should strive to emulate their triumphs and avoid their shortcomings. They have so much to teach us.
If we act with virtue, the virtues will surely find us.
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