Vestal Virgins – 3/3: Ups & Downs

Though they were above other women in many ways, and even above men in some, Vestal Virgins had some major restrictions. All the fawning and worshipping cannot have been easy on them either. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of being a Vestal Virgin.

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Vestal Virgins – Part 2/3: Origin, Festivals & Downfall

Origin

Daughter of Saturn, venerable dame,
Who dwell’st amid great fire’s eternal flame,
In thee the gods have fix’d their dwelling place,
Strong stable basis of the mortal race.

Vesta is the Latin form of the word Hestia, who was the daughter of Chronos (Time) and Rhea (Earth) in Roman legend. It is believed that the cult originated in B.C. 715 at the time of the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius. However, this is just the recorded history. The history of Vestal virgins goes back much further, possibly to the times of Romulus.

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Vestal Virgins – Part 1/3: A Roman Cult

Women in general had fewer rights in the past, but let us look at a group of women, who while still struggling with high expectations and major restrictions, still had more rights than the average female population of the time. Vestal virgins in the Roman times were more than just virgins; they were the light and spirit of Rome, and were believed to hold the prosperity of the Empire in their hands. That is power for you!

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