Role Of The Vestal Virgin As A Priestess Of Isis

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Kat Hydrick

Unit Five Essay: The Romans

October 20, 2014

The purpose for my essay is to further explore to role of the Vestal Virgin as and a priestess of Isis within the fabric of the Roman Empire society. (3) The time period I will further explore to better cover this topic shall be from the very beginning of their use in early Rome, to the time of 394 B.C.E (1) in which Christianity became to the chosen religion of Rome. I hope I can cover not only their role, but their culture, as well as their impact within ancient Rome.
A Vestal Virgin was a priestess of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth which was in fact the center of every Roman atrium and home. (1) It was in the house that Vesta was most important because she was the goddess of the hearth and of fire. (2) Vesta is particularly important to women of the household as the hearth was the place where food was prepared and next to it the meal was eaten with offerings being thrown into the fire to seek the future from the way it burned.
The sanctity of the College of the Vestals was regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome. The Vestal Virgins cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. (1) The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests. (2)
In order to be one of the six

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