New Vesta: Renewing the Sacred Flame
A blog dedicated to the renewal of the ancient Vesta tradition, the “spiritual focus of the home,” in modern households.
Vesta & Painted Glass
Hello all, I wanted to share something really cool from my collection of Vesta artifacts with you. This is called a "magic lantern" glass slide. They were used from the 1800's 'til the early 1900's mostly for educational purposes. This one is of the Temple of Hercules in the Forum Boarium by the Tiber. Because of its circular shape, this temple was for a long time thought to be the Temple of Vesta.
In all likelihood, this temple served a dual purpose - Hercules and Vesta. That's how I deal with this temple in my book Brides of Rome: A Novel of the Vestal Virgins. The Vestal priestesses had a spot near here from where they would gather water from the Tiber to make mola salsa. I believe they would have wanted a functional temple close by, perhaps to bless the water.
Regardless, the really neat thing about this slide is that the former owner has painted the robes of the women in the image so they appear fire-red - a tribute to Vesta's sacred fire, perhaps? I like to think so. The ability to add color to these magic lantern slides was a really fun and creative feature. Hope you enjoy! All best, in Vesta.
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