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Seven Keys to Imagination by Piero Morosini

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art a Roman gentleman's promise

Let us start by acknowledging that Cicero clearly equates the value of a promise to the inherent qualities of the individuals making it. The phrase he uses to describe those qualities – boni viri – literally means good men, and has been only approximately translated to the word gentlemen, which carries a modern definition of certain characteristics associated with being good individuals. Interestingly, though, Cicero actually coined his own Latin term, humanitas, to define the attributes of “good men” or “gentlemen” in ancient Rome. This word is the root of many important English terms such as human, humankind, humanity, ...

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