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 Celibacy in the Greco‐Roman World

Willi Braun

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Citizens of ancient Greece and Rome were expected to reproduce, whereas violators of this guideline were penalized by governmental legislation. An exception was made for the Vestal Virgins and the ... More


The Vestal Virgins

Meghan J. DiLuzio

in A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter focuses on the Vestal Virgins. The six Vestal Virgins belonged to the pontifical college (collegium pontificum), the largest and one of Rome's most prestigious religious orders. Chosen ... More


The Ritual Activities of the Vestal Virgins

Meghan J. DiLuzio

in A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter analyzes the ritual obligations of the Vestal Virgins. The extensive ritual program assigned to the Vestal order further emphasizes the connection between these priestesses and the ... More


The Vestal Virgins in Roman Politics

Meghan J. DiLuzio

in A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter explores the relationship between individual Vestals and their families. Vestals were legally isolated from their birth families and set apart from the traditional structures of Roman ... More


A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Meghan J. DiLuzio

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book illuminates a previously underappreciated dimension of religion in ancient Rome: the role of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a central place in public rituals ... More


Public Sanctions against Women A Julio-Claudian Innovation

Harriet I. Flower

in The Art of Forgetting: Disgrace and Oblivion in Roman Political Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807830635
eISBN:
9781469603438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877463_flower.11
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter points out that official sanctions against the memory of women did not exist in the public sphere of Roman life during the Republic. It notes that women were not subject to accusations ... More


The twins

Augusto Fraschetti

in The Foundation of Rome

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621200
eISBN:
9780748651030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621200.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The sole common component in the legends about the birth of the twins Romulus and Remus is that they were sons of a Vestal Virgin called Rhea Silvia. It was not difficult to show that this story of ... More


Crassus, Catilina, and the Vestal Virgins

Ronald Syme

in Approaching the Roman Revolution: Papers on Republican History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198767060
eISBN:
9780191821257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767060.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This paper provides a detailed discussion of the fragmentary evidence for the scandals in which Catiline, Crassus, and the Vestal Virgins were implicated in the years preceding the conspiracy of ... More


Commemorating Vettius Agorius Praetextatus: Senators and Traditional Religion in 380s Rome

Mattias P. Gassman

in Worshippers of the Gods: Debating Paganism in the Fourth-Century Roman West

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190082444
eISBN:
9780190082475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190082444.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Late in 384, a leading pagan senator and priest, Vettius Agorius Praetextatus, died shortly before he was to take up the consulship. Senatorial aristocrats produced epigraphic and literary monuments ... More


Conclusion

Meghan J. DiLuzio

in A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169576
eISBN:
9781400883035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This concluding chapter argues that priestly service offered women opportunities for leadership, prestige, and even, on occasion, authority, all in the name of maintaining the pax deorum—Rome's ... More


Pagans and Christians in Late Ancient Rome

Elizabeth A. Clark

in Melania the Younger: From Rome to Jerusalem

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190888220
eISBN:
9780190888268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888220.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, World History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 4 explores the meaning of “pagan” in late antiquity, debates over its use today, and the meaning and progress of Christianization. Recent controversies over “conversion” and the pace of ... More


Rome, Religion, and Christian Emperors: Rethinking the Altar of Victory Affair

Mattias P. Gassman

in Worshippers of the Gods: Debating Paganism in the Fourth-Century Roman West

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190082444
eISBN:
9780190082475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190082444.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

The controversy over the altar of Victory shows how pagans and Christians expressed competing ideas on the public role of religion in an increasingly Christian empire. In 382, Gratian revoked funding ... More


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