The Name of the Vestal, or When a Vestal is Named

  title={The Name of the Vestal, or When a Vestal is Named},
  author={Claudia Beltr{\~a}o and Patricia Horvat},
The Vestals were not to be named and usually they were not, so we know few names of priestesses when compared to the best-known names of Roman male public priests. Rare examples of priestesses’ names appear in contexts that allow us to question the categories presiding their identification. Livy’s Republican Vestals are named especially when they are criminally indicted de incestum , a particularly serious religious offence in Rome and punishable by death. Without developing the debate on the… 
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