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Is the typical Roman attitude of dutiful respect towards gods, fatherland, and parents and other kinsmen. Pietās, personified, received a temple in Rome (vowed 191 bc, dedicated 181). She is often represented in human form, sometimes attended by a stork, symbol of filial piety; during the empire, Pietās Augusta appears on coins and in inscriptions. Some Romans adopted as cognōmen the term Pius; Virgil's ‘Pius Aeneas’ expresses the Roman ideal in his religious attitude, in his patriotic mission, and in his relations with father, son, and comrades.

See religion, roman, terms relating to.

See religion, roman, terms relating to.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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