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Personification of (married) female chastity. In Rome, associations of married women worshipped her in organized cult: p atrician women as P. Patricia, p lebeian women as P. Plebeia. An altar and a statue of P. Patricia, perhaps iconographically similar to Fortuna Muliebris, are said have been erected near the temple of Hercules on the Forum Boarium around 330 BC, after a lawsuit against patrician women for poisoning their husbands (Fest. 270; 282 L.). The cult of P. Plebeia was allegedly established by one Verginia in 296 BC, after her marriage to the ple…

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Wardle, David (Cape Town), “Pudicitia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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