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Veritas, which is Latin for “truth,” is the Goddess of Truth in Roman mythology.

She is the mother of Virtus and the daughter of Saturn (also known as Cronus in Greek mythology and the Titan of Time in Roman mythology). She is occasionally seen as Prometheus’ creation or the child of Jupiter. According to legend, the elusive goddess laid low in a sacred well. She is shown as the “naked truth” (nuda veritas), holding a hand mirror, and as a virgin clad in white. Truthfulness, which was seen as one of the most important characteristics every decent Roman should possess, is also known as veritas. Aletheia (ancient Greek: Ἀλήθεια) is the goddess of truth in Greek mythology.

Featured image: Bartolomeo Guidobono, The Truth Discovered by Time, painting painted before 1709




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