Friday, March 9, 2012

Sic Semper Tyrannis

To follow up with yesterday's post/rant I thought I'd provide some interesting facts about the Virginia state flag. 

File:Flag of Virginia.svg

For starters, you might notice the latin phrase at the bottom of the seal which reads, "Sic Semper Tyrannis". For those of you who never took Latin with Ms. Owen at HCHS/ Never took Latin at all/ Have no idea what that phrase even means- the words translate to: 

"Thus Always to Tyrants" 

Ah, now that's an interesting wording to have on a flag of a state that decided to lead the campaign against women. Hmm... 

The next tidbit I would like to point out is that the person standing victorious is the Goddess Virtus, (Yes, a woman!), dressed in Amazonian attire. She's defeated the tyrant, represented as a male, who is holding a scourge and chain. 

Again, how fitting is this? 

I've always loved this flag and its meaning. And I don't believe it's far fetched to think that there is more than one lesson to be learned here. Sic Semper Tyrannis, indeed. 

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