The Vestal Habit

@article{Gallia2014TheVH,
  title={The Vestal Habit},
  author={Andrew B. Gallia},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={2014},
  volume={109},
  pages={222 - 240}
}
In her epochal study of the Vestal virgins, Mary Beard called attention to the ambiguous position of these priestesses in relation to the normative categories of gender in Roman society. Drawing on the insights of structural anthropology, she argued that this ambiguity was central to the Vestals’ sacredness. Essentially, her interpretation rests on the proposition that, by combining features relating to the status of unmarried daughters (virgines) with those of married women (matronae), the… 

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