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Rome's vestal virgins: public spectacle and society

  title={Rome's vestal virgins: public spectacle and society},
  author={Joshua M. Roberts},
The city of Rome developed from a small agricultural village near a small river on the Italian peninsula into the capital of an empire encompassing the entire Mediterranean world and its hinterlands beyond. The Romans themselves attributed the success of their city and society, in part, to their piety. The priesthood of Vesta and the sacred flame that burned within the goddess’s temple symbolize Rome and its denizens. The women who served in this priesthood maintained a sacred and undying flame… Expand