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Posted on May 5, The Vestal Virgins are one of the most evocative establishments of Ancient Rome. They might not know exactly what they were or what they did, but the name of Vestal Virgin can spark something in many people.

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At varying times there were four to six priestesses employed. They were the only full-time clergy collegia of a Roman deity which attests to the high regard in which the goddess was held. They also ritually prepared the herbs sprinkled on sacrifices and made the bread pane which was offered on feast days such as March 1st, which was the Roman New Year.

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They prepared the mola salsa that was used in all state sacrifices. Originally, there were 2, then 4 in Plutarch's timeand then 6 Vestal Virgins. They were proceeded by lictors, who carried the rods and ax that could be used to inflict punishments on the people, if necessary.

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Web Links. Numa Pompilius; Anonymous Introduction Much of what historians know about the early Roman Republic has come from law codes. Law codes are an excellent source to reveal those things which a society values and criminalizes, and how a society regulates relationships among citizens and within families.

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Duodecim Tabularum. Tradition tells us that the code was composed by a commission, first of ten and then of twelve men, in B. If the plaintiff summons the defendant to court the defendant shall go.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Known as the Early Journal Content, this set of works include research articles, news, letters, and other writings published in more than of the oldest leading academic journals. The works date from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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Understandable, but as anthropologist James Deetz noted and in fact built a career on : there is great value in small things forgotten. Flaviae Publiciae V irgini V estali maximae inmunis in iugo. This bronze plaque is rather unique in a number of ways, and tells us a great deal about Roman society.

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The Vestal Virgins were a group of priestesses whose duty was to perform certain rituals in honor of the Roman goddess Vesta. The most important of these rituals was the tending of the sacred fire. Vesta was the goddess of the hearth.

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The Vestal Virgins and the permanent placement of the religious institution, the College of Vesta, existed throughout Roman antiquity. They were a strictly female Fantham et al. The Vestal Virgins existed long before the creation of the Roman Empire, however it is unknown for how long.

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What do we know about the Vestal Virgins? We know from the potentially biased primary and secondary sources of Cicero, Plutarch, Varro, and Cassius Dio that the Vestals were priestesses of the goddess of the hearth, Vesta. The priestesses were chosen from the ages of six to ten to participate in an almost life long religious commitment. Most, understandably, remained in the cult.

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