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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

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Abundantia
   means   
Abundance
Plenty, the ideal of there being enough food and prosperity for all segments of society
Aequitas
   means   
Equity
Fair dealing both within government and among the people
Auctoritas
   means   
Spiritual Authority
The sense of one's social standing, built up through experience
Bonus Eventus
   means   
Good Fortune
Remembrance of important positive events
Clementia
   means   
Mercy
Mildness and gentleness
Comitas
   means   
Humour
Ease of manner, courtesy, openness and friendliness
Concordia
   means   
Concord
Harmony among the Roman people, and also between Rome and other nations
Dignitas
   means   
Dignity
A sense of self-worth, personal pride
Felicitas
   means   
Happiness
A celebration of the best aspects of Roman society
Fides
   means   
Confidence
Good faith in all commercial and government dealings
Firmitas
   means   
Tenacity
Strength of mind, the ability to stick to one's purpose
Fortuna
   means   
Fortune
An acknowledgement of positive events
Frugalitas
   means   
Frugalness
Economy and simplicity of style, without being miserly
Genius
   means   
Spirit of Rome
Acknowledgement of the combined spirit of Rome, and its people
Gravitas
   means   
Gravity
A sense of the importance of the matter at hand, responsibility and earnestness
Hilaritas
   means   
Rejoicing
An expression of happy times
Honestas
   means   
Respectability
The image that one presents as a respectable member of society
Humanitas
   means   
Humanity
Refinement, civilization, learning and being cultured
Industria
   means   
Industriousness
Hard work
Justitas
   means   
Justice
An expressed by sensible laws and governance
Laetitia
   means   
Joy
The celebration of thanksgiving, often of the resolution of crisis
Liberalitas
   means   
Liberality
Generous giving
Libertas
   means   
Freedom
A virtue which has been subsequently aspired to by all cultures
Nobilitas
   means   
Nobility
Noble action within the public sphere
Ops
   means   
Wealth
Acknowledgement of the prosperity of the Roman world
Patientia
   means   
Endurance
The ability to weather storms and crisis
Pax
   means   
Peace
A celebration of peace among society and between nations
Pietas
   means   
Dutifulness
More than religious piety, a respect for the natural order socially, politically, and religiously. Includes the ideas of patriotism and devotion to others
Providentia
   means   
Forethought
The ability of Roman society to survive trials and manifest a greater destiny
Prudentia
   means   
Prudence
Foresight, wisdom and personal discretion
Pudicita
   means   
Modesty
A public expression which belies the accusation of "moral corruptness" in ancient Rome
Salubritas
   means   
Wholesomeness
Health and cleanliness
Salus
   means   
Safety
Concern for public health and welfare
Severitas
   means   
Sternness
Gravity, self-control
Spes
   means   
Hope
Especially during times of difficulty
Uberitas
   means   
Fertility
Particularly concerning agriculture
Virtus
   means   
Courage
Especially of leaders within society and government


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