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By Meghan J. DiLuzio

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

Like their male colleagues, priestesses provided sacrifices on behalf of the Roman humans, and prayed for the community’s health. As they performed their ritual tasks, they have been assisted by way of woman cult group of workers, a lot of them slave ladies. DiLuzio explores the primary position of the Vestal Virgins and indicates that they occupied only one kind of priestly workplace open to girls. 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, corresponding to the priestesses of Ceres and Fortuna Muliebris, have been principally autonomous.

A position on the Altar bargains a clean realizing of ways the ladies of historic Rome performed a number one position in public cult.

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