Rome's Vestal Virgins
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.
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Review: Rome's Vestal Virgins: A Study of Rome's Vestal Priestesses in the Late Republic and Early EmpireUser Review - Goodreads
This is an excellent reference work, but it's also highly readable. Wildfang provides plentiful citations and does not simply assert things as facts. I actually agree with the cover blurb that she ...
Review: Rome's Vestal Virgins: A Study of Rome's Vestal Priestesses in the Late Republic and Early EmpireUser Review - Teralyn Pilgrim - Goodreads
What I adored about this book is that it does so much more than present the facts. Instead of giving us the what, who, when, and where, she gives us a rare treat: WHY. What was the purpose behind the ... Read full review
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