When they sent King George the Declaration of Independence, that's when the birth of the new Commonwealth of Virginia went down. You've got these guys, Richard Henry Lee, George Mason, George Wythe, and Robert Carter Nicolas, on a mission to create a fresh seal for their shiny new state. No way they wanted it looking anything like the British coat of arms. Mason and his crew went all-in on the Roman vibe, and let me tell you, it's like they channeled Spartacus himself.
So, what's on this bad boy? Picture this: Virtus, the Roman goddess of old-school virtue and peace, standing there with her foot firmly planted on the back of tyranny. She's like, "Yeah, we beat those British dudes." In one hand, she's got a spear pointing down, and in the other, a wicked ceremonial dagger called the parazonium. That thing's sheathed, by the way, 'cause her work here is done.
Now, let's talk about the motto they picked. Brace yourself, 'cause it's easily the most epic one ever: "Sic semper tyrannis." Translation? "Thus always to tyrants." Those are the same words Brutus dropped when he stuck it to Julius Caesar with a knife. Talk about making a statement.
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