Our part is to look beautiful, and we may leave grave thoughts to the vestal virgins.
Messalina implored the protection of Vibidia, the chief of the vestal virgins.
The podium contained the places of honour reserved for the Emperor and his family, the Senate, and the vestal virgins.
The vestal virgins had the right of burial within the city itself.
To him is given the credit of organizing the religious institutions of the Romans, and especially the college of vestal virgins.
You know, monseigneur, upon what condition the vestal virgins at Rome were chosen?
Exceptions were made in the case of emperors, vestal virgins, and famous men, such as those who had been honoured with triumphs.
The vestal virgins, priestesses who tended the flame, were held in the highest honor.
One who has read of the vestal virgins of old will recognize at once where monkery originated.
Then there are the deva dasies, our 'vestal virgins,' of whom even small and poor temples have one or two to boast.
Women in ancient Rome who took vows of chastity and tended the sacred flame in the temple of the goddess Vesta. Their group numbered six at any one time. A vestal virgin could marry after her term of service was over, but to do so was considered bad luck. A vestal virgin who lost her virginity during her term of service was punished by being buried alive.