Temple of Vesta

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by C Ludwig
published on 26 April 2012

Temple of Vesta. This was the location of the eternal flame which was kept burning at all times. Vestals would vow an oath of service & chastity for a period of 30 years to the Goddess Vesta. Vestals had rank and privilege in Roman Society even so far as allowing Vestals to commune a prisoner's sentence. This was one of the most sacred spots in Ancient Rome. Should a Vestal ever break her vow of chastity the penalty was to be buried alive.



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