Among the Romans the personification of Liberty; she had a temple on the Aventine. Her name
was also given to the Atrium Libertatis, a place of public business which served, among other
purposes, as an office of the censors. After it had been burned down under Augustus, it was
rebuilt by Asinius Pollio, and the first public library in Rome was established within its
walls. On coins Libertas is represented as a beautiful and richly adorned matron. At the end
of the Republic, after the assassination of Caesar, she appears with a dagger and a cap of
Liberty, or laurel wreath.