A lone priestess walks towards an underground chamber. People line the streets to watch as she proclaims her innocence. It doesn't matter.
Their existence at Alba Longa is connected with the earliest Roman traditions, for Silvia the mother of Romulus was a member of the sisterhood Liv. Sex Vestaeand two more were subsequently added from the Luceres, by Tarquinius Priscus according to one authority Plut. They were originally chosen capere is the technical word by the king Liv.
Vestal Virginsin Roman religionsix priestesses, representing the daughters of the royal house, who tended the state cult of Vestathe goddess of the hearth. The cult is believed to date to the 7th century bc ; like other non-Christian cults, it was banned in ad by Theodosius I. Afterward they could marry, but few did.
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.
Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. The temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum was an extremely important building. In the temple was the sacred flame of Rome that was closely attended to by the priestesses of Vesta, the V estal Virgins.
The College of the Vestals and its well-being were regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome. They cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children and took a year vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were forbidden to the colleges of male priests.
The Vestal Virgins were the priestesses of Vesta in charge of maintaining the sacred fire within the Temple of Vesta on the Forum Romanum. They were the only female priests within the roman religious system. The vestal virgins were selected from distinguished patrician families at an age from three to ten.
The Roman Forum is a labyrinth of ruins — crumbling columns and walls overgrown with weeds and wildflowers. Once the centre of public life in Rome, with its courthouses, temples, and even venues for gladiatorial combat, now all that remains are some evocative fragments. One of the better-preserved temples is the Temple of Vestaat the eastern edge of the Forum.
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.