The Vestal Virgin

Author: Sir Robert Howard
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The Vestal Virgin from the Author: Sir Robert Howard.

From Good Goddess To Vestal Virgins

Author: Ariadne Staples
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113478788X
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From Good Goddess To Vestal Virgins from the Author: Ariadne Staples. The role of women in Roman culture and society was a paradoxical one. On the one hand they enjoyed social, material and financial independence and on the other hand they were denied basic constitutional rights. Roman history is not short of powerful female figures, such as Agrippina and Livia, yet their power stemmed from their associations with great men and was not officially recognised. Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role. From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins argues that the ritual roles played out by women were vital in defining them sexually and that these sexually defined categories spilled over into other aspects of Roman culture, including political activity. Ariadne Staples provides an arresting and original analysis of the role of women in Roman society, which challenges traditionally held views and provokes further questions.

Portraits Of The Vestal Virgins Priestesses Of Ancient Rome

Author: Molly Lindner
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472118951
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Portraits Of The Vestal Virgins Priestesses Of Ancient Rome from the Author: Molly Lindner. Molly M. Lindner's new book examines the sculptural presentation of the Vestal Virgins, who, for more than eleven hundred years, dedicated their lives to the goddess Vesta, protector of the Roman state. Though supervised by a male priest, the Pontifex Maximus, they had privileges beyond those of most women; like Roman men, they dispensed favors and influence on behalf of their clients and relatives. The recovery of the Vestals' house, and statues of the priestesses, was an exciting moment in Roman archaeology. In 1883 Rodolfo Lanciani, Director of Antiquities for Rome, discovered the first Vestal statues. Newspapers were filled with details about the huge numbers of sculptures, inscriptions, jewelry, coins, and terracotta figures. Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome investigates what images of long-dead women tell us about what was important to them. It addresses why portraits were made, and why their portraits—first set up in the late 1st or 2nd century CE—began to appear so much later than portraits of other nonimperial women and other Roman priestesses. The author sheds light on identifying a Vestal portrait among those of other priestesses, and considers why Vestal portraits do not copy each other's headdresses and hairstyles. Fourteen extensively illustrated chapters and a catalog of all known portraits help consider historical clues embedded in the hairstyles and facial features of the Vestals and other women of their day. What has appeared to be a mute collection of marble portraits has been given a voice through this book.

The Vestal Virgin

Author: John Plummer Derwent Llwyd
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780243505128
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The Vestal Virgin from the Author: John Plummer Derwent Llwyd. Excerpt from The Vestal Virgin: A Dramatic Poem About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Vestal Virgin Room

Author: C.W. Smith
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0989632911
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The Vestal Virgin Room from the Author: C.W. Smith. C.W. Smith’s hit novel The Vestal Virgin Room, now available in ebook formats, is a tragi-comic love story about a married couple and the agonies and ecstasies of being hitched through thick and thin. Don and Dottie Baxter are a husband-and-wife musical duo (both sing while she’s at the piano and he’s on drums) who’ve never made the big-time, but as the novel opens, they’re about to get their shot playing the intermissions at a Vegas lounge called The Vestal Virgin Room. They hope their tunes and their comedy routines will lift them out of their ordinary lives – and away from their sorrows after having lost their only child through a household accident. Sexy and sad, the book tracks their progress during a Christmas season as they play their way from their home in St. Louis to Vegas, stopping along the route as they endure dreadful gigs at hotel-motel cocktail lounges in mid-town America, entertaining regional conventions of drunk hydrologists and John Deere sales people. But their child’s death presses on them day by day, and the separate emotional paths each takes to cope with grief bring their conflict to a head when they get their One Big Chance to ooch up a rung on the ladder of fame and fortune. “Smith’s affection for these simple people is contagious and wholly believable. That Don and Dottie manage to ride out the turbulence in their marriage and emerge as survivors makes this a lovely and tender book.” Publishers Weekly

The History Of The Vestal Virgins Of Rome 1934

Author: Sir T. Cato Worsfold
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
ISBN: 9780766100947
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The History Of The Vestal Virgins Of Rome 1934 from the Author: Sir T. Cato Worsfold. 1934. The best book anywhere on this subject! Religious Duties; The Sacred Fire; Drowning of the Dummies; Festival of Vesta; Civil Duties, Privileges, Dress, and Discipline of the Vestals; The Vestals During the Empire; The Abolition of the Order; Virgins of the Sun among the Incas of Peru; Hestia of Greece; Topography of Ancient Buildings, Streets, and Monuments connected with the Cult; The End of the Vestals; The Shrine of Mercury; plus much more! Illustrated.

Vestal Virgins Sibyls And Matrons

Author: Sarolta A. Takács
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292773578
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Vestal Virgins Sibyls And Matrons from the Author: Sarolta A. Takács. Roman women were the procreators and nurturers of life, both in the domestic world of the family and in the larger sphere of the state. Although deterred from participating in most aspects of public life, women played an essential role in public religious ceremonies, taking part in rituals designed to ensure the fecundity and success of the agricultural cycle on which Roman society depended. Thus religion is a key area for understanding the contributions of women to Roman society and their importance beyond their homes and families. In this book, Sarolta A. Takács offers a sweeping overview of Roman women's roles and functions in religion and, by extension, in Rome's history and culture from the republic through the empire. She begins with the religious calendar and the various festivals in which women played a significant role. She then examines major female deities and cults, including the Sibyl, Mater Magna, Isis, and the Vestal Virgins, to show how conservative Roman society adopted and integrated Greek culture into its mythic history, artistic expressions, and religion. Takács's discussion of the Bona Dea Festival of 62 BCE and of the Bacchantes, female worshippers of the god Bacchus or Dionysus, reveals how women could also jeopardize Rome's existence by stepping out of their assigned roles. Takács's examination of the provincial female flaminate and the Matres/Matronae demonstrates how women served to bind imperial Rome and its provinces into a cohesive society.

Rome S Vestal Virgins

Author: Robin Lorsch Wildfang
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134151667
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Rome S Vestal Virgins from the Author: Robin Lorsch Wildfang. Comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date, this volume offers a brand new analysis of the Vestal Virgins’ ritual function in Roman religion. Undertaking a detailed and careful analysis of ancient literary sources, Wildfang argues that the Vestals’ virginity must be understood on a variety of different levels and provides a solution to the problem of the Vestals’ peculiar legal status in ancient Rome. Addressing the one official state priesthood open to women at Rome, this volume explores and analyzes a range of topics including: the rituals enacted by priestesses (both the public rituals performed in connection with official state rites and festivals and the private rites associated only with the order itself) the division and interface between religion, state and family structure the Vestals’ participation in rights that were outside the sphere of traditional female activity. New and insightful, this investigation of one of the most important state cults in ancient Rome is an essential addition to the bookshelves of all those interested in Roman religion, history and culture.