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. Nat. 7.36
; V. Max. 5.4.7
; Liv. 40.34
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.)