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PORTRAITS OF THE VESTAL VIRGINS, PRIESTESSES OF ANCIENT ROME. Molly M. Lindner. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2015. 330 pp. with 88 ills. 24 x 17 cm. LC 2015-10039 ISBN 9780472118953 In English.
Publisher's description: Molly M. Lindner's new book examines the sculptural presentation of the Vestal Virgins, who, for more than eleven hundred years, dedicated their lives to the goddess Vesta, protector of the Roman state. Though supervised by a male priest, the Pontifex Maximus, they had privileges beyond those of most women; like Roman men, they dispensed favors and influence on behalf of their clients and relatives... It addresses why portraits were made, and why their portraits -- first set up in the late 1st or 2nd century CE -- began to appear so much later than portraits of other nonimperial women and other Roman priestesses. The author sheds light on identifying a Vestal portrait among those of other priestesses, and considers why Vestal portraits do not copy each other's headdresses and hairstyles. Fourteen extensively illustrated chapters and a catalog of all known portraits help consider historical clues embedded in the hairstyles and facial features of the Vestals and other women of their day. What has appeared to be a mute collection of marble portraits has been given a voice through this book.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Italy — Sculpture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 153877
Hardcover $95.00    

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