The Australian National University's (ANU) motto

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The Australian National University's (ANU) motto carries inherent profound roots and meaning. Since the institution's inception in 1946, the Latin phrase "Naturam Primum Cognoscere Rerum" has assumed a place within the university's crest. This phrase has fascinating origins, tracing back to ancient Roman times

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The Meaning of the Anu MottoMarch 18, 2011 (Australian National University 1997) Assignment 1 Discussion of the ANU Motto and its meaning PART 1 - ESSAYThe Australian National University's (ANU) motto carries inherent profound roots and meaning. Since the institution's inception in 1946, the Latin phrase "Naturam Primum Cognoscere Rerum" has assumed a place within the university's crest. This phrase has fascinating origins, tracing back to ancient Roman times. Although the ANU has determined its translation to English to be "First to know the nature of things", an array of differing distinct interpretations, and indeed, meanings, exist.The provenance of ANU's motto can be traced to the poem 'De Rerum Natura (III, 1072)' or 'On the Nature of Things', written by Lucretius, Roman poet, philosopher and scientist. This epic work was written to explain Epicurean philosophy t

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