5 Interesting Facts Rome’s Vestal Virgins

#3. They were the most powerful women in Rome

Women in ancient Rome were legally the property of their fathers and husbands. Because of this, common women did not enjoy the same rights as men. However, the vestals were considered to be extraordinary women. They were the most important women in the whole Roman empire as it was them who was keeping Rome from being destroyed.

They were free from the control of their fathers and could enjoy property rights.

#4. Marrying a former Vestal was a matter of pride

If you lived in ancient Rome, you would be proud to have a former vestal as your wife. Though they were few in number but Vestals were well respected, enjoyed various rights and pensions and therefore became targets of male gold diggers.

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