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date: 23 November 2017

Pudicitia

Pudicitia, the personification at Rome of women's chastity and modesty, interestingly identified originally as specific to patrician women until the cult of Pudicitia Patricia in the forum Boarium was challenged (296 bce) by one Virginia, a patrician lady married to a plebeian consul (Livy 10. 23. 6–10), who established a cult of Pudicitia Plebeia in part of her home. The cult was also exclusive of all but women who had married only once. Livy laments the decline in moral standards of participants in the cult by his time.

Bibliography

J. Gagé, Matronalia. Essai sur les dévotions et les organisations cultuelles des femmes dans l'ancienne Rome (1963).Find this resource:

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