Who were the Vestal Virgins, and what was their job? - Peta Greenfield


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    SURAJ SURESH Час назад

    But the question is, why's this recommended to me

  • Saal Husain
    Saal Husain 5 часов назад


    PRATEEK KULKARNI 8 часов назад

    Complete stupidity

  • Harushay Swaw
    Harushay Swaw 18 часов назад

    Modern people are so sick that this practice seems outlandish and unnecessary to them

  • Mahjabeen Malik
    Mahjabeen Malik 22 часа назад

    how was she tried ??

  • Nao BG
    Nao BG 2 дня назад

    Let's help TED Ed with their Patreon so they can keep making this videos.

  • Lady Lakshmi
    Lady Lakshmi 2 дня назад

    Interesting Story - and I love the animations involved with this channel. More Videos please.

  • Hayes Tim
    Hayes Tim 2 дня назад

    Reminds me of castrating young choir boys so their voices stayed the same. Pretty normal, no?

  • Azure Peter
    Azure Peter 3 дня назад

    I'm sad for them

  • Blackberry cupcake Is Sweet :3
    Blackberry cupcake Is Sweet :3 4 дня назад

    So.... medieval ppl don’t poop or pee?
    Idk why I think that...

  • Petrol head
    Petrol head 5 дней назад

    A bunch of BS

  • Marie Ramby
    Marie Ramby 5 дней назад +1

    Well, we know they weren’t Kardashians.

  • Graham H
    Graham H 5 дней назад

    Didn’t even wear vests. Shame.

    ALI AWAN 5 дней назад

    Love the narrators voice

  • Madhu krishnamoorthy
    Madhu krishnamoorthy 5 дней назад

    The same customs was in ancient India too. they called Devdasi. but they're living as free as bird.

  • Eluid Charles
    Eluid Charles 6 дней назад

    It's actually from africa

  • Jay Galanida
    Jay Galanida 6 дней назад

    can we copy strike rome?

  • yoyoy yoyoo
    yoyoy yoyoo 7 дней назад

    keeping virginity is hard when taking a risky job is easy.

  • Mats Reinderink
    Mats Reinderink 8 дней назад

    Its really cool they used accurate reonstructions of the Forum Romanum

  • Mikayla Mackie
    Mikayla Mackie 8 дней назад

    So if they loose their virginity the die???

  • MiamiPush2theLimit
    MiamiPush2theLimit 10 дней назад

    This sucks.

  • Seeker-Purr
    Seeker-Purr 11 дней назад

    Loved the art. The emotion was done very well for such a topic

  • Albino Peach
    Albino Peach 11 дней назад

    Swords were not allowed in the City of Rome btw

  • Grizzly BƎAR
    Grizzly BƎAR 12 дней назад

    DAMN 30 YEARS!?!?!?

  • Senxiria
    Senxiria 12 дней назад

    Fire keeper 🔥

  • Fifi Productions
    Fifi Productions 14 дней назад +2


  • Ahmet Plays
    Ahmet Plays 14 дней назад

    Wow the romans were dicks

  • Mushtaq Wani
    Mushtaq Wani 16 дней назад

    If this really happened then this is a very unfortunate thing
    I feel really sad to hear stories from past as well as present where womenfolk are tortured to such an extent

  • PozoBlue
    PozoBlue 16 дней назад

    I really wish this wonderful channel had a Spanish version with all these amazing vids so I could show my nieces. The ''Ted Ed En Espanol'' only has like a handful of random vids and none of these ancient history ones. Such a pity! Hopefully one day they'll be dubbed.

  • Haiddess Lazuli
    Haiddess Lazuli 16 дней назад

    I still dont get it. Someone help?

  • Nightmares21 :P
    Nightmares21 :P 17 дней назад

    i can feel the darksouls vibe

  • Goth PinkCatMeow
    Goth PinkCatMeow 17 дней назад +1

    These ppl went on trial for losing virginity and that sounds like torture

  • e 38276
    e 38276 17 дней назад

    There should be a book about this

  • The two crazy sisters
    The two crazy sisters 18 дней назад

    I do not think this is right... just not right.

  • Roni Benedek
    Roni Benedek 18 дней назад

    Pegasus fans anywhere??

  • Zac Dragon
    Zac Dragon 20 дней назад

    she could just cheese it and get out of their, or fake her death.
    that is what I would do, screw the flame I would tip it over then run.

  • RumakPolny
    RumakPolny 21 день назад

    You had one job

  • Dawn 92
    Dawn 92 21 день назад

    it just goes to show how man made our belief system and world is.

  • Countrycowboy08
    Countrycowboy08 22 дня назад

    While you're at it, why not bring marshmallows, chocolates, and some graham crackers with you?

  • slap my ankles and call me daddy
    slap my ankles and call me daddy 22 дня назад

    *What If it rains*

  • çeci n’est pas une pipe
    çeci n’est pas une pipe 23 дня назад

    Vestal fires burned in every home. It was considered the sacred fire that brought the family back together. Not sure this video is accurate. I know several other things about the vestal virgins that are not mentioned here.
    Don’t believe this video.

  • Captain Bentastic
    Captain Bentastic 23 дня назад +1

    1:08 or Demeter in greek

    • 4 mana 7/7
      4 mana 7/7 14 дней назад

      Vesta is Hestia
      Ceres is Demeter

  • Yuntong Zhou
    Yuntong Zhou 24 дня назад

    I wonder if any such burial sites are excavated.

    SPOOKY TIME 24 дня назад


    BLAZIKEN 25 дней назад

    On vesta is hestia

    jimmothy MCBUCKETLEGSON 26 дней назад

    im a holy man, count me in

  • Ambon
    Ambon 26 дней назад


  • Lolz
    Lolz 27 дней назад +1

    What if it rains?

  • ProRaptor7 YouTube
    ProRaptor7 YouTube 27 дней назад +1

    But what if they lose their virginity

  • Rotua Frans Manalu
    Rotua Frans Manalu 28 дней назад

    roman empire could be down just because someone gangbangin them ?

  • RearedThree
    RearedThree 29 дней назад

    Real reason why barbarians invaded rome

  • Alex Durdan
    Alex Durdan 29 дней назад

    a flame goes out or a random arrow pierces your skull... i'd rather watch a fire if you ask me.

  • WorldIsALie X
    WorldIsALie X Месяц назад

    Wonder how the Greeks did for Hesita, was it the same thing?

  • Olivia Qi
    Olivia Qi Месяц назад +1

    1:33 wow, vesta's face is in the fire

  • Devin Debby
    Devin Debby Месяц назад

    Darksouls was a Vestal Virgins reference

  • Baalhamon
    Baalhamon Месяц назад +1

    Poor maidens, It's truly a sad turn of events that my child Hannibal failed to destroy Rome. But for that i require a healthy amount of child sacrifice mind you !!(jokes aside the past was truly harsh for many and the present is not doing well for others, what a sad world...)

  • Grammar Soviet
    Grammar Soviet Месяц назад

    Why on earth does this comment section have so many likes? One has 1k, another has 2k for on and on and on.

  • Charles Aaron
    Charles Aaron Месяц назад

    why is there no blonde dudes in this video!? I know they're virgins too.

  • Syed Rehan Hashmi
    Syed Rehan Hashmi Месяц назад

    Why can't they just re ignite the flame? It is only some fire which comes out of my lighter!! Can't they? Before someone knows it?

  • Like So Pigmented
    Like So Pigmented Месяц назад

    Middle ages is so fuckin stressful!!!

  • Spandan Lenka
    Spandan Lenka Месяц назад

    The story-telling combined with information.

  • Kewlpony Slimes
    Kewlpony Slimes Месяц назад +1

    All feminists are triggered and like "WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE TO CONTROL WOMEN" but its theyre culture.

  • Hana Mikaeili
    Hana Mikaeili Месяц назад

    What a stressful life 😯

  • Matthew Bane
    Matthew Bane Месяц назад

    You know, women may complain about their rights these days, but they’ve got it leagues better than these poor folks.

  • Utkarsh Dubey
    Utkarsh Dubey Месяц назад

    Hey they didn't spoke about that they retired after 30 years and even get married and also got one of the biggest pension and their own private palace, something that was remarkably good for that time........and ohh they could even vote in Roman republic. I'm not big fan of Roman empire but at least they were thousand time better than days after them and all the religious empire came after them,this video is blandly biased.

    MININO GAROTO Месяц назад

    When camping, it is extremely dangerous for the fire to go out. All mitoligies have a reason, to recommend women to protect the fire means that the flame does not go out. Seems silly, because the camp became a city, but everything big, started small

  • TheSpoiler001
    TheSpoiler001 Месяц назад +1

    That job kinda sucks.

  • RyanRhino69 -
    RyanRhino69 - Месяц назад

    Is Vesta the Roman equivalent of Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth?

  • Tom Finch
    Tom Finch Месяц назад

    plebs anyone

  • Glyndia Lerano
    Glyndia Lerano Месяц назад

    I read about that somewhere some girl fake michael took her spiritual head why worship fake Gods

  • Θανάτος of Death
    Θανάτος of Death Месяц назад


  • speedtribejp
    speedtribejp Месяц назад

    Later the fanatic Christianity kills pagan Vesta flame and the Empire falls.

  • Alexander Arnold
    Alexander Arnold Месяц назад

    They weren't all women, and they weren't all to tempt men or show men as "false" if they "felt" love for them!

  • Nikole Riera
    Nikole Riera Месяц назад

    The oppression that women had to face :((

  • Faseeha Bashir
    Faseeha Bashir Месяц назад

    I wanna write a book on this

  • Juniora Huang
    Juniora Huang Месяц назад

    I read more about the Vestal Virgins, and life as one of them isn’t really as bad as it seems. They are immune to forced marriage (which, unfortunately, happened a lot back then) and are the most respected and highly ranked women in the Roman Empire. Just DON’T LET THE FLAME GO OUT and you’ll be fine. More fine then average women in Ancient Rome, anyway.

    • Juniora Huang
      Juniora Huang Месяц назад

      Phantom Frizle
      True, but you’ve got to admit, women had much less rights than men in the Roman Empire.

    • Phantom Frizle
      Phantom Frizle Месяц назад +1

      Not just women, people. Compare there lives to the lives of a roman legionaire who servers 25 years in much more dangerous conditions only to get his pay and if he lives a plot of land so he can bang and procreate for the rest of his days oh and serve the empire by farming or using his land for productive purposes.

  • Gabriel Iovan
    Gabriel Iovan Месяц назад


  • yuki gackt
    yuki gackt Месяц назад

    For a civilization as advanced as the Romans, they sure were barbaric... between burying women alive and making people fight to the death for sport

  • Seong Gurung
    Seong Gurung Месяц назад

    In Nepal there are some culture like this.Newari people they took girl when she is young and make her a living goddess .Keep her away and only be shown to people on festival.Instead of keeping fire In Newari culture they marry a fruit(Bel) i guess.

  • i am anonymous
    i am anonymous Месяц назад +2

    Or May be she belived in vestal goddess.. believed if the flame goes out Rome would be in danger.. n did her job dutifully... This story can go both ways.. n this is more probable because she was trained and brainwashed for years.. also she must have had higher status in the roman society being priestess and from higher class

    • Mona 9
      Mona 9 26 дней назад

      Just shut up

  • Upasana Ghosh
    Upasana Ghosh Месяц назад

    Hard to believe, such things r still happening

  • besho
    besho Месяц назад

    Can't believe that people used to believe this kind of ........ *stuff*

    Alper ESKİKILIÇ Месяц назад

    Everytime I say: "Rome empire is not civilized like telling to us at tv programs or films!".
    The true is "Rome empire is a barbarian empire!". Above video is a small evidence for this.
    In fact; If you want see the real civilized empire you have to look "Ottoman Empire".
    You can read historical books for this!
    Don't forget history can be hide the real , but never can destroy!

  • JewelBlueIbanez
    JewelBlueIbanez Месяц назад

    Well, this was a biased and agenda-pushing explanation of the Vestal Virgins.

  • Miss Grumps
    Miss Grumps Месяц назад

    AND? Seriously, I thought this was an educational video. Turned out to be one of those "save the animals" kinda video.

  • green cross
    green cross Месяц назад

    How happy is the blameless vestal's lot
    The world forgetting by the world forgot
    Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
    Each prayer accepted and each wish resigned.
    Sir Alexander Pope.

  • cliff rayner
    cliff rayner Месяц назад

    If feminism exist at this time it will be interesting haha

  • hate him
    hate him Месяц назад


  • Yari Abigail X3
    Yari Abigail X3 Месяц назад

    Damn. Poor girls.

  • Lotushali Diallo
    Lotushali Diallo Месяц назад

    Human history from all walks of earth is stupendus. Expect ancient kemet.

  • UniVeda WebAshram
    UniVeda WebAshram Месяц назад

    Seems chrstians are worried some europeans reviving theyre ancient religions. So the defamation campaign that show halth cooked halth truths to justify its assimilation and digestion of Celts and Helenistic pagan heritage that culminated at Inquisition.

  • Afro Atheist
    Afro Atheist Месяц назад

    No, thanks!!!!

  • Honoracharity18
    Honoracharity18 Месяц назад

    Bomb narrator. 👍👌👏👏👏

  • nutrol
    nutrol Месяц назад +1

    humans in power had insane practices in the past and this insanity will continue into the future as well.

  • mistaken
    mistaken Месяц назад

    _"Because a Vestal's virginity was thought to be directly correlated to the sacred burning of the fire, if the fire were extinguished it might be assumed that either the Vestal had acted wrongly or that the vestal had simply neglected her duties. The final decision was the responsibility of the Pontifex Maximus, or the head of the pontifical college, as opposed to a judicial body. While the Order of the Vestals was in existence for over one thousand years there are only ten recorded convictions for unchastity and these trials all took place at times of political crisis for the Roman state. It has been suggested that Vestals were used as scapegoats in times of great crisis."_

    learn the facts folks.

  • boo boo
    boo boo Месяц назад

    I bet there was an escape hatch lol. They had resurrected gods/goddesses .

  • LittleArmyNut
    LittleArmyNut Месяц назад +10

    Yall quit crying, they could be men or women, they were treated as high class, they could get front seats in the Colosseum, and in comparison to Ancient Greece, majority of Ancient Greek women were not even allowed to GO OUTSIDE. Be grateful for the rights women and the Virgins had at this time.

    • LittleArmyNut
      LittleArmyNut 18 дней назад

      +J Camp I'm saying Ancient Roman women had more rights than Ancient Greek, sorry if that confused you.

    • J Camp
      J Camp 18 дней назад

      Technically they were Roman, not Greek.

  • C M
    C M Месяц назад

    My question is what if someone rapes you?

  • Moonlitshadow0929
    Moonlitshadow0929 Месяц назад

    That's horrible.

  • Ian Ho
    Ian Ho Месяц назад

    This is the opposite of Sacred prostitution in some cultures. Both extremities are cruel.