The Vestal Virgins by Louis Hector Leroux. 19th century.

The Vestalia was celebrated between the 7th and 15th of June. No public business was conducted during this time, and no marriages were celebrated for the duration of the festival. Only women – and the Pontifex Maximus – were permitted to bring offerings to her shrine. Bakers and millers decorated their ovens and grindstones with violets in her honor.

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