Vestal Virgins

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How many virgins were there?
Only six at a time
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What was the service term?
It was thirty years; first ten - learning the job, second ten - carrying out the duties, third ten - teaching the newcomers.
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What happens afterwards?
They were free to marry, but many remained virgins for the rest of their lives.
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What was the main role of the Vestals?
The eternal flame was Vesta, an ancient Roman goddess whose responsibility was the hearth, and if the fire, and by extension Vesta herself, were extinguished, then disaster would strike the city.
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What vows did they make?
They had to make a vow of chastity and would be executed if they ever broke that vow or allowed the flame to go out, but otherwise they lived a life of great privilege.
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What was the service term?

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It was thirty years; first ten - learning the job, second ten - carrying out the duties, third ten - teaching the newcomers.

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What was the main role of the Vestals?

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