One of three minor divinities — the others being Cuba and Cunina — who were worshiped as the protectors of infants sleeping in their cradles, and to whom libations of milk were offered. Her temple was near the Ficus Ruminales.

Ruma or rumis was in ancient Latin the same as mamma, a mother's breast.



  • Augustine. City of God iv, 11, 34.
  • Lactantius, i, 20, 36.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Varro, ap. Nonius, p. 167; ap. Donatus on Terence's Phormio i, 1.14.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.