5 Interesting Facts Rome’s Vestal Virgins

#5. Deviation from path wasn’t forgiven

When young girls were chosen to become vestals, they became brides of the city itself. They were forbidden from indulging in any kind of sexual activity, failing which they could be condemned to death. There have been instances where Vestals have been condemned to death. Vestal Minucia was accused and found guilty of incest for her “improper love of dress”. Others have been sentenced based on the testimony of temple slaves. Since harming or killing a vestal was forbidden, other means to execute them were devised. In 114 BC, Vestal Marcia was accused of taking a lover and buried alive for that.

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