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In Roman mythology, Veritas, meaning truth, is the goddess of truth, a daughter of Chronos, the God of Time (who has been identified with Saturn-Cronus, perhaps first by Plutarch), and the mother of Virtus. She is also sometimes considered the daughter of Zeus,[1] or a creation of Prometheus.[2][3] It was believed that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive. Her image is shown as a young virgin dressed in white.[4] Veritas
Veritas
is also the name given to the Roman virtue
Roman virtue
of truthfulness, which was considered one of the main virtues any good Roman should possess. The Greek goddess of truth is Aletheia (Ancient Greek: ἀλήθεια). The German philosopher Martin Heidegger
Martin Heidegger
argues that the truth represented by aletheia (which essentially means "unconcealment") is different from that represented by veritas, which is linked to a Roman understanding of rightness and finally to a Nietzschean sense of justice and a will to power.[5] Veritas
Veritas
was often depicted nude, holding a hand mirror. In Western culture, the word may also serve as a motto.

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1 Mottos 2 See also 3 Notes 4 External links

Mottos[edit] This Latin
Latin
word "veritas" now appears in the mottos of many colleges and universities. It is typically capitalized in mottoes (as "Veritas") for being an ideal (such as: Truth, Kindness and Beauty). Veritas
Veritas
is the motto of Hutchesons' Grammar School, Harvard University, The University
University
of Western Ontario, Drake University, Knox College
College
(Illinois), Bilkent University, the University
University
of California - Hastings College
College
of the Law, as well as the Dominican Order
Dominican Order
of the Roman Catholic Church, and Providence College
College
and Molloy College
College
which is run by the Dominicans. Additionally, the word appears in mottoes that are phrases, or lists e.g. the Buckley School of the City of New York employs the phrase Honor et Veritas, the University
University
of Indonesia's motto is "Veritas, Probitas, Iustitia", the University
University
of Cape Coast in Ghana's motto is " Veritas
Veritas
Nobis Lumen", the University of Michigan's motto is :Artes, Scientia, Veritas". Caldwell College
College
in Caldwell, New Jersey
Caldwell, New Jersey
issues a " Veritas
Veritas
Award" each year in honor of the Dominican Sisters
Dominican Sisters
who founded and administer the college. "Veritas" is included in the motto of Indiana University
University
and Yale University, Lux et Veritas
Veritas
("Light and Truth"). It also appears on the California State University's motto Vox Veritas
Veritas
Vita ("Speak the Truth
Truth
as a way of Life"). " Veritas
Veritas
vos liberabit" ("The Truth
Truth
Will Set You Free") is the motto of The Johns Hopkins University. Veritas Curat (" Truth
Truth
Cures") is the motto of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, a medical school in Puducherry, India. Howard University, in Washington, D.C., goes by the motto " Veritas
Veritas
et Utilitas", translated to " Truth
Truth
and Service". It also exists in the logo of Seoul National University, Korea: "Veritas Lux Mea" – meaning " Truth
Truth
is my light". Villanova University
University
also uses Veritas
Veritas
in its school motto, Veritas, Unitas, Caritas ("Truth, Unity, Love"). Uppsala University
University
in Sweden also uses Veritas
Veritas
in its school motto, "Gratiae veritas naturae". The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Navy's primary counterintelligence arm and law enforcement agency, uses the motto on its official seal. See also[edit]

In vino veritas Via, Veritas, Vita John 8:32 John 18:38 Urim and Thummim

Notes[edit]

^ Pindar
Pindar
Olympian Ode 10: But come, Muse, you and the daughter of Zeus, unforgettable Truth: with the hand that puts things right, keep from me the blame for lying, for wronging my friend. Approaching from far away, the future has arrived and made me ashamed of my deep debt. Still, payment with interest has a way of dissolving the bitter reproach of men.[1] ^ Aesop
Aesop
Fables 530 (from Phaedrus Appendix 5): Prometheus, that potter who gave shape to our new generation, decided one day to sculpt a statue of Truth, using all his skill so that she would be able to regulate people's behaviour. As he was working, an unexpected summons from mighty Jupiter called him away. Prometheus
Prometheus
left cunning Trickery in charge of his workshop (Trickery had recently become one of the god's apprentices). Fired by ambition, Trickery used the time at his disposal to fashion with his sly fingers a figure of the same size and appearance as Truth
Truth
with identical features. When he had almost completed the piece, which was truly remarkable, he ran out of clay to use for her feet. The master returned, so Trickery quickly sat down in his seat, quaking with fear. Prometheus
Prometheus
was amazed at the similarity of the two statues and wanted it to seem as if all the credit were due to his own skill. Therefore, he put both statues in the kiln and when they had been thoroughly baked, he infused them both with life: sacred Truth
Truth
walked with measured steps, while her unfinished twin stood stuck in her tracks. That forgery, that product of subterfuge, thus acquired the name of Falsehood, and I readily agree with people who say that she has no feet: every once in a while something that is false can start off successfully, but with time the Truth
Truth
is sure to prevail.[2] ^ Macey, Samuel L. (2010). Patriarchs of Time: Dualism in Saturn-Cronus, Father Time, the Watchmaker God, and Father Christmas. University
University
of Georgia Press. pp. 34–36. ISBN 9780820337975. Retrieved 4 October 2017.  ^ Mercatante, Anthony S. The Fact on File
File
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend. Facts on File, 1988, p. 654, ISBN 0-8160-1049-8. ^ B. Dallery, Arleen; E. Scott, Charles; Roberts, P. Holley (1992). Ethics and Danger: Essays on Heidegger and Continental Thought Issue 17 of Selected studies in phenomenology and existential philosophy. SUNY Press. p. 72. ISBN 9780791409831. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 

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