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Abstract: The manuscripts of Avitus’s poem addressed to his sister Fuscina offer two different titles, De virginitate and De consolatoria castitatis laude. Its first modern editor Rudolf Peiper chose to name the poem De virginitate but De consolatoria castitatis laude is the title Avitus himself gave it. In this paper I will explore the implications of that rather unwieldy title and argue that the predominant theme of the poem is celebration of womanly strength of mind and moral virtue.