North crowning slab of the sacrificial table, internal sideRome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
Rome, Museum of the Altar of Augustan Peace (Ara Pacis Augustae)
(Roma, Museo dell’Ara Pacis)
The Vestals are, on the internal face of the north crowning slab, six in all; they are depicted veiled and arranged according to their age, as the difference in their stature clearly indicates. They are the virgines appointed by the Pontifex Maximus among the young aristocratic girls between six and ten years of age, who were to keep the sacred fire for three decades, according to the reform that Augustus himself had introduced. In the frieze they appear during the ceremony, headed by two apparitores and followed by the lictor Vestalium.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines ανακούφιση relief rilievo ara pacis augustae altar of augustan peace altare della pace augustea des friedens augustus autel de la paix auguste sacrificial table sacrifice procession griffon volute scroll horizontal corbel console rosette apparitor lictor vestalium vestal vestals sacred fire