MAJESTA

The name of a divinity worshipped at Rome. She is mentioned in connection with Vulcan, and was regarded by some as the wife of that god, though it seems for no other reason but because a priest of Vulcan offered a sacrifice to her on the first of May, while in the popular superstition of later times she was identified with Maia, the daughter of Atlas. It is more probable that Majesta was an ancient name of the Bona Dea, who was also designated by the names of Ops, Fauna, and Fatua. (Macrob. Sat. i. 12; Gellius, xiii. 22; Fest. p. 134, ed. Müller.)