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In Roman mythology, Disciplina was a minor deity and the personification of discipline.

The word “disciplina” itself, a Latin noun, is multi-faceted in meaning; it refers to education and training, self-control and determination, knowledge in a field of study, and an orderly way of life. The goddess embodied these qualities for her worshippers. She was commonly worshipped by imperial Roman soldiers, particularly those who lived on the borders of the Roman Empire; altars to her have been found in Britain and North Africa.

Her chief virtues were frugalitas, severitas and fidelis-frugality, sternness, and faithfulness. In worshipping Disciplina, a soldier became frugal in every way: with money, with energy, with actions. The virtue of severitas was shown in his focused, determined, not easily dissuaded, and decisive behavior. He was faithful to his unit, his army, the officers and the people of Rome.


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