Being brave or bold enough to do what one thinks is courage. It is a sort of endurance of the soul. Courage was an element of the general virtue in the ancient Roman Empire. Cicero (106–43 BCE), a Roman philosopher and statesman, defines the cardinal virtues as follows: "Virtue may be described as a mental habit that is in tune with reason and nature's order. It is divided into four sections: knowledge, justice, bravery, and temperance.