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Learned term for prūdentia, ‘foresight’, the capacity to distinguish good from bad, which became, under the influence of the pronoia (‘forethought’) of Stoicism, a virtue of statesmen. Providentia Augusti became the object of cult at the beginning of the Principate. It expressed the wise forethought of Augustus in regulating the succession in ad 4, before being extended to other fields of imperial forethought. The Providentia Augusti was invoked on the discovery of conspiracies and was a frequent theme in imperial coinage.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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