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A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Meghan J. DiLuzio


This book illuminates a previously underappreciated dimension of religion in ancient Rome: the role of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a central place in public rituals and institutions, the book emphasizes the complex, gender-inclusive nature of Roman priesthood. In ancient Rome, priestly service was a cooperative endeavor, requiring men and women, husbands and wives, and elite Romans and slaves to work together to manage the community's relationship with its gods. Like their male colleagues, priestesses offered sacrifices on behalf of the Roman people, and praye ... More

Keywords: ancient Rome, religion, priestesses, public ritual, Roman priesthood, Vestal Virgins, public cult, Roman women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169576
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meghan J. DiLuzio, author
Baylor University