The word “sincere” comes from Roman civilization. Although the Romans had learned their culture and art from the Greeks, the Romans differed in their view point. For instance, when it came to sculpting on stone marble, the Greeks had the tradition of filling in the imperfections of the marble with a hard and resistant wax so that statues looked faultless.
The Romans, however, chose not to apply wax, but preferred to let the flaws show. Thus, the term “sin cera” was carried over as a synonym for authenticity.
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