Reader on Veritas
FROM THE CASSANDRA PRESS SPRING 2021 COLLECTION
INTRODUCTION TO VERITAS
In Roman mythology, Veritas is the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn, called Chronos by the Greeks, the Titan of Time, perhaps first by Plutarch, and the mother of Virtus. The elusive goddess is said to have hidden in the bottom of a holy well. She is depicted both as a virgin dressed in white and as the "naked truth" (nuda veritas) holding a hand mirror.
Veritas is also the name given to the Roman virtue of truthfulness, which was considered one of the main virtues any good Roman should possess.
In Western culture, the word may also serve as a motto.
“In this age of suspicion, partisanship, doubts about even the possibility of civic public debate, and fears of “fake news” across the political spectrum, “truth” is such a crucial aspect of critique of one’s own society. the idea that artists must find truth by first learning to see the world through their own eyes, and not through preconceptions or convention; the idea that all instances of human creativity, and all economic relationships, containing the history and morality of their conditions of production; and the idea that industrial capitalism, as John Ruskin observed it in the 1850s, consistently works to undermine the truth of both raw materials and the conditions of production by emphasizing superficial appearances.”
--Amy Woodson-Boulton, ruskin in the age of fake news
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