Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome

Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome

Molly Lindner / Jul 22, 2019

Portraits of the Vestal Virgins Priestesses of Ancient Rome For than eleven hundred years the Vestal Virgins dedicated their lives to the goddess Vesta protector of the Roman state Though supervised by a male priest the Pontifex Maximus they had privileges

  • Title: Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome
  • Author: Molly Lindner
  • ISBN: 9780472118953
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For than eleven hundred years, the Vestal Virgins dedicated their lives to the goddess Vesta, protector of the Roman state Though supervised by a male priest, the Pontifex Maximus, they had privileges beyond those of most women like Roman men, they dispensed favors and influence on behalf of their clients and relatives In 1883, Rodolfo Lanciani, Director of AntiquiFor than eleven hundred years, the Vestal Virgins dedicated their lives to the goddess Vesta, protector of the Roman state Though supervised by a male priest, the Pontifex Maximus, they had privileges beyond those of most women like Roman men, they dispensed favors and influence on behalf of their clients and relatives In 1883, Rodolfo Lanciani, Director of Antiquities for Rome, discovered the first Vestal statues The recovery of the Vestals house, and the objects contained therein, was an exciting moment in Roman archaeology Newspapers were filled with details about the huge numbers of sculptures, inscriptions, jewelry, coins, and terracotta figures.Molly M Lindner examines the sculptural presentation of the Vestal Virgins and investigates what images of long dead women tell us about their lives She addresses why these portraits were created, and why they only began to appear in the late first or second century CE much later than portraits of other Roman priestesses and nonimperial women Lindner sheds light on the distinctions between a Vestal portrait and portraits of other priestesses, and considers why Vestal portraits do not copy each other s headdresses and hairstyles In addition to the extensive illustrations that complement the text, a catalog of all known Vestal portraits displays historical clues embedded in the hairstyles and facial features of the Vestals and other women of their day In Portraits of the Vestal Virgins, Priestesses of Ancient Rome, Lindner has given a voice to the long silent women of these extraordinary marble portraits.

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    1. Art historian Molly M. Lindner has written a fascinating study of the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome and the sculptures that portray them. The Vestal Virgins were among the most powerful women of ancient Rome. Their order existed for about 1100 years. It was supposedly founded by the legendary King Numa Pompilius in the 700s or 600s BCE, and lasted until the 4th century CE, even after Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman Empire. The House of the Vestals stood in the Roman F [...]


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