USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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Although pius is the basis of the English word pious, the Latin word carries wider connotations than religious faithfulness. It implies an obedience to all of society: a respect for one's elders, the protection and education of children, and the defense of the state. Moreover, to the Romans, being pius held the promise of happiness in the afterlife.

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