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The Role of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion

A Structuralist Study of the crimen incesti

The Role of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion by Lindsay J Thompson
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This study introduces a question, somewhat disregarded or discounted in recent years, regarding the link between the Vestals and early Christian consecrated virgins. In a political interpretation of the ancient Roman virginity cult, this work demonstrates that female virginity was understood by both Christian and non-Christian Romans as a symbolic analogue of the securely intact body politic.
The Edwin Mellen Press; August 2010
169 pages; ISBN 9780773430143
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Title: The Role of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion
Author: Lindsay J Thompson