(2 syl.). The Romans called a man who revered his father pius; hence Antoninus was called pius, because he requested
that his adopted father (Hadrian) might be ranked among the gods.
AEneas was called pius because he rescued his father from the
burning city of Troy. The Italian word pietà (q.v.) has a
Ernst I., founder of the House of Gotha. (1601-1674.)
Robert, son of Hugues Capet, (971, 996-1031.)
Eric IX. of Sweden. (*, 1155-1161.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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