Definitions

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  • n. (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple

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Examples

  • Liz: Ah yes, found that, too -- the Vestal Virgin who is sister to the mother of Romulus and Remus -- the brothers who founded Rome after being raised by a she-wolf.

    'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'Across the Sea'

  • The notion that any Roman woman could be responsible for such a dereliction of her traditional duty as helpmate and guardian of the household as to betray it to barbarian invaders was anathema even to its early chroniclers, who condemned a Vestal Virgin named Tarpeia for treacherously opening the gates of Rome to the Sabines in exchange for gold.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • He thought that his poetry would last as long as the Vestal Virgin climbed the Capitoline Hill.

    A throat slashed on ice

  • The confirmation hearings for a Vestal Virgin are even tougher than those for a praetor.

    Danielle Crittenden: Washingtonia: The Spin-Off of "Rome"

  • Our Vestal Virgin status will permit us to come and go in the Vestal side of the Domus Publica at—pardon my pun—will.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Octavia, chaste and virtuous as Lucretia the dishonored; Octavia, more worthy of respect than a Vestal Virgin; Octavia, tamer of the irresponsible lout Marcus Antonius; Octavia, the person who single-handedly saved her country from the evils of civil war.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The deacon is actually behind him - but who is the old Vestal Virgin?

    Archive 2006-09-03

  • Perhaps a little more focus on that and ZERO of Octavius hitting on Camane, the Vestal Virgin, and this series might have more merit. posted by Glaukôpis at 11:35 PM

    The Empire, part 4

  • The image showed Venus at her toilet; but a wall painting of a goddess of love and sex could easily be reinterpreted as one of a beautiful, wealthy, respected and even virginal woman, most notably a Vestal Virgin.

    Interactive Dig Pompeii - Field Notes: August 5, 2002

  • But her mother was a patrician and once married to Quintus Fabius Maximus, which means Fabia the Vestal Virgin is her half sister.

    Fortune's Favorites

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