The Roman goddess of modesty and chastity. She was at first worshipped in a chapel in Rome
exclusively by the patrician matrons. When, in B.C. 296, the patrician Virginia was excluded
from this worship by her marriage with the plebeian consul Volumnius, she erected in her own
house a chapel to the goddess, so that the plebeian matrons might worship there. Afterwards
this cult died out with the decay of morals. In imperial times altars were erected to
Pudicitia in honour of the empresses. The goddess was represented as a draped matron,
concealing her right hand in her garment. Pudicitia is the same as the Greek Αἰδώς
, who had an altar at Athens.