Who Were the Vestal Virgins, and What Was Their Job?

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Keeping the flame lit for the goddess Vesta was the primary job of the Vestal Virgins — but it also put their very lives in danger. An informative video takes viewers through the journey of Licinia, a young girl chosen to be a Vestal Virgin after the previous priestess was buried alive, and how she learns what it means to be judged by an empire.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners watch the video as a warm-up before a lesson on ancient Rome
  • Use the resource as a springboard for a discussion or research activity about ancient and modern-day gender roles and expectations for women
Classroom Considerations

  • Discusses chastity and virginity as a matter of fact
  • Requires prior knowledge of the Roman Empire, and would be most effective with some knowledge of the Vestal Virgins

  • Portrays the information in a narrative lens, making the video entertaining and engaging
  • Animation is beautiful and illustrative
  • Comes with additional discussion and assessment questions

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