of the Commonwealth of Virginia consists of the Seal of Virginia against
a blue background. The current version of the flag was adopted at
the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861.
The Latin motto, "Sic semper tyrannis," at the bottom
of the state seal means "Thus Always to Tyrants." This
quote is attributed to Brutus during the assassination of Julius
Caesar in Rome. The woman is "Virtus the genius of the Commonwealth
and represents Virginia. The prostrate man represents tyranny; note
the fallen crown to the right. The Tyrant is holding both a chain
and a scourge.