Flame of Vesta

Animated Flame gif By Andrikkos,2014(Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Until the reign of the Emperor Augustus, Vesta was not depicted in a cult statue at her temple in Rome. Instead, the living flame tended by the Vestals represented the presence of the goddess.

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