Date of Award

1930

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

Ancient Languages

First Advisor

Fred L. Farley

Abstract

Roman literature and history clearly show that the Romans in the days of the Emperors constantly deified many of the abstract terms which to us designate qualities of character, or ideals worthy of emulation in life. Among the more significant of these are such ideas as faith, honor, intellect, concord, fidelity, hope, chastity, and understanding.

It is the purpose of this thesis to discuss the development of some of these virtues as they were represented through the mythological deification with which the Romans invested them. The goddesses, Concordia, Fides, Pietas, and Spes are herein presented as illustrating this popular and national trait of the Romans. A separate chapter is devoted to the discussion of each of these goddesses; frequent references are made to Roman customs or literature which show this tendency.

Pages

62

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