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Title: Vesta and Julio-Claudian Women in Imperial Propaganda
Author(s): FOUBERT, Lien
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 45    Date: 2015   
Pages: 187-204
DOI: 10.2143/AS.45.0.3110547

Abstract :
Modern scholars have often presupposed a deliberate attempt of the Julio-Claudian house, starting with Augustus, to constitute an active involvement of female relatives in the cult of Vesta, turning these women in ‘honorary Vestals’ or pseudo-priestesses. As many of these assumptions have taken root in modern scholarship and, more importantly, often constitute a premise for other research, it is necessary to separate fact from fiction.

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