Who were the Vestal Virgins?

Vestal Virgin sculpture (Rome) - courtesy ConspiracyofHappiness - CC-BYThe Vestal Virgins were the only female priests within the Roman religious system. The head of the college of Vesta was called the Virgo Vestalis Maxima, and she was under the direct authority of the Pontifex Maximus. Their main function was to keep the sacred fire of Vesta and never allow it to go out. [more…]

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