Definition of Vestal Virgin in English:

Vestal Virgin

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noun

  • (In ancient Rome) a virgin consecrated to Vesta and vowed to chastity, sharing the charge of maintaining the sacred fire burning on the goddess’s altar.
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    • The purity of women represents and safeguards the purity of the state; thus the consecrated virginity of the Vestal Virgins upheld the integrity of ancient Rome.
    • The punishment for lost chastity of a Vestal Virgin was live burial, because that was considered the best way to kill them without spilling their blood.
    • It was the punishment stipulated for Vestal Virgins found guilty of sexual misconduct.

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