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This image shows the ruins of a Roman temple to the god Jupiter in present-day Baalbek, Lebanon, once part of the Roman Empire. Friday, July 6, The Roman Empire was a primarily polytheistic civilizationwhich meant that people recognized and worshiped multiple gods and goddesses.

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Their existence at Alba Longa is connected with the earliest Roman traditions, for Silvia the mother of Romulus was a member of the sisterhood Liv. Sex Vestaeand two more were subsequently added from the Luceres, by Tarquinius Priscus according to one authority Plut. They were originally chosen capere is the technical word by the king Liv.

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Vestal Virginsin Roman religionsix priestesses, representing the daughters of the royal house, who tended the state cult of Vestathe goddess of the hearth. The cult is believed to date to the 7th century bc ; like other non-Christian cults, it was banned in ad by Theodosius I. Afterward they could marry, but few did.

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Hi, I attended an international symposium today about the question, what happens next with Europe. As you know, the financial crisis in Europe is already lasting five years and Greece was also a big topic, of course, as it is standing at the edge of a political, financial and economic abyss. The really sad part is, that in most cases it is the normal people who are suffering the most from the crisis, because of the corruption, greed and incapability of the establishment, but this is another topic. Today, we are looking back, to something more beautiful to cheer you up, to an old Roman tradition, which lasted more than a thousand years BC till ADthe history of the Vestal Virginswho were in Ancient Roman religion the priestesses of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth fire place and home.

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They prepared the mola salsa that was used in all state sacrifices. Originally, there were 2, then 4 in Plutarch's timeand then 6 Vestal Virgins. They were proceeded by lictors, who carried the rods and ax that could be used to inflict punishments on the people, if necessary.

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It was from her fountain in the sacred enclosure of the Camenae, before the Porta Capena in Rome, that the Vestal Virgins brought the water necessary for the baths and purifications of their office. There was another fountain of Egeria in the precincts, of Diana at Aricia. In Roman story Egeria was the consort and counsellor of king Numa, who used to meet her in a grotto in the precincts of the Camenae.

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The Roman Forum is a labyrinth of ruins — crumbling columns and walls overgrown with weeds and wildflowers. Once the centre of public life in Rome, with its courthouses, temples, and even venues for gladiatorial combat, now all that remains are some evocative fragments. One of the better-preserved temples is the Temple of Vestaat the eastern edge of the Forum. Vesta, the Roman goddess of the home, was one of the most important deities in Ancient Rome, but it is her priests, the Vestal Virginswho have captured the imaginations of subsequent generations.

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She was rarely depicted in human form, and was often represented by the fire of her temple in the Forum Romanum. Entry to her temple was permitted only to her priestesses, the Vestalswho tended the sacred fire at the hearth in her temple. As she was considered a guardian of the Roman people, her festival, the Vestalia 7—15 Junewas regarded as one of the most important Roman holidays.

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There was, however, one Roman religious college that was off limits to men, even to the pious emperor himself. This was the College of the Vestals, popularly known as Vestal Virgins, which only had women amongst its ranks. The College of the Vestals was an important institution that served to ensure the well-being and security of Rome. The Vestal Virgins were priestesses of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, and one of their most important functions was the maintenance of the sacred fire within the Temple of Vesta on the Forum Romanum.

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