"took to praying daily at the Temple of the Good Goddess on the Aventine Hill"

A Cornucopia, which Bona Dea is often represented holding
Creative Commons AttributionA Cornucopia, which Bona Dea is often represented holding - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons
The Good Goddess (Bona Dea, or sometimes Fauna) was a Roman goddess of the earth, and of chastity and fertility in women. She was also a goddess of healing; medicinal herbs were grown at her temple, and she was associated with serpents, a symbol of healing. Men were not allowed to enter her temple or to attend her festivals, which were held by women in December, in the house of an important magistrate.