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A Vestal Virgin National Museum, Naples

A Vestal Virgin National Museum, Naples

"A History of Rome," by G.W. Botsford. New York: Macmillan (1914)
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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.

Also Known As: Vesta publica populi Romani Quiritium

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