A Roman matron, and not a Vestal Virgin as is frequently stated. When the vessel conveying
the image of Cybelé from Pessinus (B.C. 204) to Rome had stuck fast in a shallow at
the mouth of the Tiber, the soothsayer announced that only a chaste woman could move it.
Claudia, who had been accused of incontinency, took hold of the rope, and the vessel forthwith
followed her. See Ovid,
Fast. iv. 305-330