Wikipedia (my emphasis)For Plato, the ideal state was a just society in which people dedicate themselves to the common good, practice civic virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation and justice, and perform the occupational role to which they were best suited. It was the duty of the ‘Philosopher king’ to look after people in civility. Aristotle thought the polis was an ‘association of associations’ that enables citizens to share in the virtuous task of ruling and being ruled. His koinonia politike as political community.
The concept of societas civilis is Roman and was introduced by Cicero. The political discourse in the classical period, places importance on the idea of a ‘good society’ in ensuring peace and order among the people. The philosophers in the classical period did not make any distinction between the state and society. Rather they held that the state represented the civil form of society and ‘civility’ represented the requirement of good citizenship. Moreover, they held that human beings are inherently rational so that they can collectively shape the nature of the society they belong to. In addition, human beings have the capacity to voluntarily gather for the common cause and maintain peace in society. By holding this view, we can say that classical political thinkers endorsed the genesis of civil society in its original sense.
Laura, illustrated by her virtues and well-celebrated in my verse, appeared to me for the first time during my youth in 1327, on April 6, in the Church of Saint Claire in Avignon, in the first hour of the day; and in the same city, in the same month, on the same sixth day at the same first hour in the year of 1348, withdrew from life, while I was at Verona, unconscious of my loss.... Her chaste and lovely body was interred on the evening of the same day in the church of the Minorites: her soul, as I believe, returned to heaven, whence it came.
Lorredan wrote:I offer for your consideration …The Count of Virtue and his second wife Catarina.
Giangaleasso Visconti (1351-1402) He was to become the First Duke of Milan.
How did he get to be called The Count of Virtue?
So The Virtues of Justice/Strength/Temperance are already part of the story……as are Huge Dowry and arranged marriages and their convoluted contracts.
Lorredan wrote:Hi Huck! Glad someone is reading this ramble.
I had the pleasure to see the Visconti Book of Hours and had to go several times to see the pages turned over.
I cannot find mention of any except these three in either image or words.
It does not seem that Prudence was there until Filippo Visconti extended the Book of hours and Prudence
appears holding a compass and looking in a mirror- with the three aforementioned Virtues.
Prudent to look to the Stars?
In the Cary-yale Visconti the Emperor looks very like the young Giangaleasso and in the PMB looks like the man has grown much older.
He really was known as the Lord/Count of Virtue.....made me laugh.
Prudence appears holding a compass and looking in a mirror- with the three aforementioned Virtues.
Prudent to look to the Stars?
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