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By Meghan J. DiLuzio

A position on the Altar illuminates a formerly underappreciated size of faith in historic Rome: the function of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a crucial position in public rituals and associations, Meghan DiLuzio emphasizes the advanced, gender-inclusive nature of Roman priesthood. In historical Rome, priestly carrier was once a cooperative exercise, requiring women and men, husbands and better halves, and elite Romans and slaves to interact to control 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 and wellbeing. As they performed their ritual responsibilities, they have been assisted by means of lady cult team of workers, a lot of them slave girls. DiLuzio explores the significant position of the Vestal Virgins and exhibits that they occupied only one kind of priestly place of work open to girls. a few priestesses, together with the flaminica Dialis, the regina sacrorum, and the better halves of the curial clergymen, served as a part of priestly undefined. Others, reminiscent of the priestesses of Ceres and Fortuna Muliebris, have been principally autonomous.

A position on the Altar bargains a clean knowing of the way the ladies of historical Rome performed a number one function in public cult.

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