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Reference to the virgin state, which seldom appears in heathen epitaphs, is often met with in the Christian inscriptions; from the fourth century on mention is made of a virginity specially dedicated to God, virgo Deo dicata, famula Dei.
ait haec minax Cybelle religatque iuga manu. ferus ipse sese adhortans rapidum incitat animo, 85 uadit, fremit, refringit uirgulta pede uago. at ubi umida albicantis loca litoris adiit, tenerumque uidit Attin prope marmora pelagei, facit impetum: ille demens fugit in nemora fera: ibi semper omne uitae spatium famula fuit.
Acta Pionii, ix., etc.  A beautiful instance of the esteem and position enjoyed by a Christian female slave in a Christian home, is afforded by Augustine in his description of the old domestic (“famula decrepita”) belonging to his maternal grandfather’s house, who had nursed his grandfather as a child