Start Date

28-4-2016 12:45 PM

End Date

28-4-2016 2:15 PM

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Other Religion

Subjects

Vestal virgins, Rome -- Religious life and customs, Women and religion -- Rome, Women -- Religious life -- Rome, Rome -- Social life and customs

Abstract

The Vestal Virgins, priestesses in Ancient Rome, were placed in an atypical position of power. They were given many religious responsibilities that replaced the traditional expectations for women of Antiquity. This cult of the goddess Vesta lasted for the majority of Roman civilization, seemingly serving as an argument for an advancement in the rights of ancient women. Though the Vestal Virgins seem to be an outstanding exception to the rule of female oppression throughout history, further examination suggests that the role of Vestal priestess was simply another mode through which Roman men could control their female counterparts.

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Apr 28th, 12:45 PM Apr 28th, 2:15 PM

Women in Power: The Unique Position of Vestal Virgins in Ancient Rome

The Vestal Virgins, priestesses in Ancient Rome, were placed in an atypical position of power. They were given many religious responsibilities that replaced the traditional expectations for women of Antiquity. This cult of the goddess Vesta lasted for the majority of Roman civilization, seemingly serving as an argument for an advancement in the rights of ancient women. Though the Vestal Virgins seem to be an outstanding exception to the rule of female oppression throughout history, further examination suggests that the role of Vestal priestess was simply another mode through which Roman men could control their female counterparts.