Virtus is that which characterized the ideal Roman and was concerned with moral excellence and courage. Virtus as moral excellence required active expression of a sound intellectual basis. Similarly, the courage of virtus did not represent a one-time act of bravery. Rather, it was seen as the product of the habit of disciplined, honest, and just living.
Dignitas is the worthiness that a person earned and continually had to maintain. It was a public recognition of the quality that set certain people apart from others and was related to an active life of civic service.
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Department of Economics
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Dept. of Math & Computer Science
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