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"Temple of Vesta" Roman Forum - Temple of the Vesta - Vestal Virgins Tip by Julius_Caesar


The Forum’s most elegant temple, a circular building originally surrounded by a ring of 20 fine fluted columns, dates from the 4th century A.D. The cult of the Vestals was one of the oldest in Rome, and centred on six Vestal Virgins, who were required to keep a light the sacred flame of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth. Another of the Vestals’ duties was to guard the Palladium, a sacred statue of the goddess Pallas Athenae. The irriverent Emperor Heliogabalus burgled the temple in the 3rd century A.D. He thought he had succedeed in stealing the Palladium, but the Vestals had been warned of his intention and had replaced it with a replica…lol!

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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