New PDF release: A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

By Meghan J. DiLuzio

A position on the Altar illuminates a formerly underappreciated measurement of faith in old Rome: the position of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a vital position in public rituals and associations, Meghan DiLuzio emphasizes the advanced, gender-inclusive nature of Roman priesthood. In old Rome, priestly carrier was once a cooperative recreation, requiring women and men, husbands and other halves, and elite Romans and slaves to interact to control the community's dating with its gods.

Like their male colleagues, priestesses provided sacrifices on behalf of the Roman humans, and prayed for the community’s future health. As they conducted their ritual responsibilities, they have been assisted by means of lady cult group of workers, lots of them slave ladies. DiLuzio explores the critical function of the Vestal Virgins and exhibits that they occupied only one kind of priestly place of work open to ladies. a few priestesses, together with the flaminica Dialis, the regina sacrorum, and the other halves of the curial clergymen, served as a part of priestly undefined. Others, comparable to the priestesses of Ceres and Fortuna Muliebris, have been principally autonomous.

A position on the Altar deals a clean figuring out of ways the ladies of historic Rome performed a number one function in public cult.

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