vestal virgin


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vestal virgin

(in ancient Rome) one of the four, later six, virgin priestesses whose lives were dedicated to Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
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This imagery was inspired by the story of the Vestal Virgin, Tuccia, who in order to prove her chastity, carried a sieve full of water from the Tiber to the temple.
Nevertheless, the project is well cast and moves reasonably smoothly from one peril to the next, as Octavius seeks to rally army legions behind him while never being entirely sure whom to trust beyond his burly guardian and Camane (Emily Blunt), a Vestal virgin who risks much--including the safety of her religious order--by assisting him.
So Serial Shagger Ray and the Vestal Virgin were the two left to battle it out for the Johnny Cash.
Would you trust Andy Goram, Alan Rough,Frank McAvennie and Charlie Nicholas with a vestal virgin let alone a bottle of vodka?
As the vestal virgin, Irene Molloy proves both a capable actor and a fine vocalist, especially so during "Shall I Compare Thee?
What happened to a Vestal Virgin if she broke her vowof chastity?
Nicole Appleton Nic vamps it up for the night - well, she's hardly going to turn up as the Vestal virgin is she?
In the case of this plaque, it may have served the function of allowing matches to be struck on the sides, the figure possibly representing a vestal virgin - a reference to the 19th century name for matches, vestas.
Traffic was banned from rattling down the cobbled streets at night, unless the vehicle happened to be carrying the emperor, the empress or a Vestal Virgin.
Sophie, to Prince Edward's credit, was never allowed to be wheeled out as a vestal virgin with a spotless past.