PIETAS

A personification of faithful attachment, love, and veneration among the Romans, where at first she had a small sanctuary, but in B. C. 191 a larger one was built (Plin. H. N. vii. 36; Val. Max. v. 4. § 7; Liv. xl. 34). She is seen represented on Roman coins, as a matron throwing incense upon an altar, and her attributes are a stork and children. Pietas was sometimes represented as a female figure offering her breast to an aged parent. (Val. Max. l. c.; Zumpt, in the Class. Mus. vol. iii. p. 452.)