The Role of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Civic Religion: A Structuralist Study of the Crimen Incesti (Hardback)Lindsey J. Thompson (author)
Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 01/12/2009
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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.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 168
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