Details on the Vestal Virgin
Basics on the Vestal Virgin
A vestal virgin was a venerated priestess (sacerdos) of the hearth-fire goddess Vesta (Roman version of the Greek goddess Hestia). As the name suggests, a vestal virgin was a virgin, chosen while young (between 6-10), to serve for 30 years. Violation of the chastity vow the vestal virgin took was taken seriously. Punishment included being buried alive. Vestal virgins guarded the luck of Rome.