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By Meghan J. DiLuzio

ISBN-10: 0691169578

ISBN-13: 9780691169576

A position on the Altar illuminates a formerly underappreciated measurement of faith in old Rome: the function of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a vital position in public rituals and associations, Meghan DiLuzio emphasizes the complicated, gender-inclusive nature of Roman priesthood. In historic Rome, priestly carrier was once a cooperative undertaking, 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 future health. As they performed their ritual tasks, they have been assisted by way of woman cult body of workers, a lot of them slave ladies. DiLuzio explores the valuable position of the Vestal Virgins and indicates that they occupied only one kind of priestly workplace 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, equivalent to the priestesses of Ceres and Fortuna Muliebris, have been mostly autonomous.

A position on the Altar deals a clean knowing of ways the ladies of old Rome performed a number one position in public cult.

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