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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While the Magna Mater legend's plot may be indebted to the trapped ship narrative, Claudia Quinta herself is a product of the semi-mythic tradition of Vestal Virgins who prove their innocence in the face of false accusations of incestum.
(25) Both Guevara and Rainolde mention his marriage to Aquilia Severa in defiance of her status as a Vestal Virgin.
(23.) In the Parliament of 1559, Elizabeth is accused of living as a Vestal Virgin. The Parliament's primary concern was that Elizabeth marry and produce an heir, so likening the queen to a vestal was not a compliment.
And whether or not we recognize that she is a Roman vestal virgin, we can sense her indecision.
Amulius forced Numitor's daughter Rhea Silvia to become a Vestal Virgin, so that she would bear no children to challenge him.
The sieve in these images is a symbol of virginity, alluding to Petrarch's Triumph of Chastity, where the Roman Vestal Virgin Tuccia proved her purity by carrying water in a sieve without spilling a drop.
Cleo is a coming-of- age beauty, a modern-day vestal virgin chasing down leads on her missing mother through a colored relationship with a maternal ex-lover.
Numitor had been deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become a vestal virgin to prevent her from giving birth to potential claimants to the throne.
when an Egyptian crashed a vestal virgin of the Egyptian goddess Hathor while he was intoxicated.
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.
Lord's live-in girlfriend Sarah Dyson, 52, discovered the affair after reading a text message on her lover's phone in which Helen referred to herself as "the vestal virgin".
Charming, utterly disarming - he could talk the pants off a vestal virgin from 100 paces if he set his mind to it.