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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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She’s a Vestal Virgin on the loose — she’s Diana, not Venus!
The heartache of losing his triumviral status wasn’t nearly as painful to Lepidus as his exile from the city of Rome, so when he had a visit from Octavian and heard what he had to do in order to move back into the Domus Publica, he agreed without hesitation to elevate Octavia and Livia Drusilla to Vestal Virgin rank.
There was a new Quintus Dellius in Antony’s life, a tall and extremely elegant senator of a fairly old family that had, for instance, produced a Vestal Virgin close to a hundred years ago.
Our Vestal Virgin status will permit us to come and go in the Vestal side of the Domus Publica at—pardon my pun—will.