vestal virgin


  • School of the Vestal Virgins
    School of the Vestal Virgins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vestal virgin (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
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In literature:

Besides, Arras without the Hearts would be like the Altar of the Vestal Virgins without the ever-burning lamp.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
In such cases these women were made Vestal Virgins in the temples.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
Thus Julius Caesar is said to have intrusted his testament to the oldest of the vestal virgins.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
And she her vestal virgin priests doth follow.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Rome had fourteen of these officers, besides one for the vestal virgins, and one for the gymnasia.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
Thereupon Praboe sent for a large bird and four vestal virgins to defend him against the evil spirit.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Vestal virgins were not supposed to have children, yet they could and often did marry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Her clothes were no better than theirs but she stood out among them like a vestal virgin.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
In a room on the first floor is a half figure of a vestal virgin who has a noble expression on her face.
"Harper's Round Table, May 28, 1895" by Various
Troops committing outrages in a city are accused virgines vestales incestasse.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam

In poetry:

Many such as me there are,
Vestals of the virgin billow;
Neither envy nor despair,
Man us on our sedgy pillow
"The Mermaid" by William Crafts
Thou first-born of the year's delight,
Pride of the dewy glade,
In vernal green and virgin white,
Thy vestal robes, arrayed:
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Virgin of the vestal flame,
Numa's child so chaste and fair,
Ah! Floronia is thy name!
Goddess of the raven hair;
Weepest thou o'er love denied?
Thou canst ne'er become a bride.
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Where the shadows moan o'er the day's life done,
And the darkness is waiting for the light,
Ah, me! how the shadows ever seek and shun
The sacred, radiant faces of the bright --
(And the stars are the vestal virgins of the night);
"Sea Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

When we last saw Greta Gerwig, she was negotiating the shoals of Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, in the role of a sort of unapproachable Vestal Virgin of political correctness at an Eastern university.