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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Personifications| ▸ |Modesty & Chastity||View Options:  |  |  | 

Modesty and Chastity (Pudicitia)

Pudicitia was the personification of modesty and chastity and was a common type on the reverses of Roman empresses.

Otacilia Severa, Augusta February or March 244 - September or October 249 A.D.

|Otacilia| |Severa|, |Otacilia| |Severa,| |Augusta| |February| |or| |March| |244| |-| |September| |or| |October| |249| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Pudicitia, modesty and chastity, was for Romans the highest regarded female virtue. For an unmarried girl, pudicitia meant virginity. For a wife, it meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. Romans loved the story of Arria, an ultimate example of Roman pudicitia. When the emperor Claudius ordered her husband Paetus to end his own life, he hesitated. Arria took his dagger and stabbed herself to set an example, saying, "Paetus, it doesn't hurt."
RB76158. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 209a, Cohen V 55, SRCV III 9169, Hunter III - (p. cxi), Choice VF, excellent portrait, well centered on a broad flan, flan cracks, weight 23.548 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 244 - 245 A.D.; obverse MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverse PVDICITIA AVG (virtue of the Empress), Pudicitia seated left, drawing veil from face with right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; SOLD


Herennia Etruscilla, Augusta July 249 - April/August 253 A.D.

|Herennia| |Etruscilla|, |Herennia| |Etruscilla,| |Augusta| |July| |249| |-| |April/August| |253| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
Pudicitia, modesty and chastity, was for Romans the highest regarded female virtue. For an unmarried girl, pudicitia meant virginity. For a wife, it meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. Romans loved the story of Arria, an ultimate example of Roman pudicitia. When the emperor Claudius ordered her husband Paetus to end his own life, he hesitated. Arria took his dagger and stabbed herself to set an example, saying, "Paetus, it doesn't hurt."
RS74470. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 59b, RSC IV 19, Hunter III 10, SRCV III 9495, Choice EF, weight 4.389 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 250 A.D.; obverse HER ETRVSCILLA AVG, draped bust right, crescent behind shoulders, wearing stephane, hair in horizontal ridges, plait looped at the back of neck; reverse PVDICITIA AVG (virtue of the Empress), Pudicitia (modesty) seated left on throne, drawing veil from face with right hand, transverse scepter in left hand; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Pudicitia, modesty and chastity, was for Romans the highest regarded female virtue. For an unmarried girl, pudicitia meant virginity. For a wife, it meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. Romans loved the story of Arria, an ultimate example of Roman pudicitia. When the emperor Claudius ordered her husband Paetus to end his own life, he hesitated. Arria took his dagger and stabbed herself to set an example, saying, "Paetus, it doesn't hurt."
RS94713. Silver denarius, RIC IV S576, RSC III 168, BMCRE V S74, Hunter III 29, SRCV II -, Choice gVF, lovely portrait, well centered, light flow lines, some porosity, edge cracks, weight 1.808 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 193 - 196 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse PVDICITA, Pudicitia enthroned left, veiled, right hand on breast, left elbow resting on back of throne; from the Ray Nouri Collection; SOLD







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