The Sexual Status of Vestal Virgins

  title={The Sexual Status of Vestal Virgins},
  author={Mary Beard},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  pages={12 - 27}
  • M. Beard
  • Published 1 November 1980
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
The Vestal Virgins have often been the subject of close scrutiny by classical scholars. Indeed many articles have been devoted to a careful analysis of individual, apparently trivial, aspects of their legal rights, their privileges, their cult obligations and even their dress. In the same tradition I intend in this paper to consider just one element of their priestly position: their sexual status and its relationship to their sacred status. It is however an element which will be seen to have… 

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