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:
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.
1. Within the Aedes Vestae 2. The Vestals in Public 3. Vestal Initiation – The Rite of Captio 4. The Vestals’ Virginity 5. The Vestals’ Legal and Financial Position 6. The Vestals in the Romans’ History 7. The Vestals in Roman History. Conclusion. Appendix A: Latin and Greek Texts. Appendix B: List of Known Vestals.