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

  • Опубликовано: 30 май 2017
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    In ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins were tasked with keeping vigil over the flame of Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth. The flame represented two things: the continuation of Rome as a power in the world and the continuing virginity of Vesta’s priestesses. But what was life really like for these Vestal Virgins? Peta Greenfield goes back in time to find out.
    Lesson by Peta Greenfield, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.

Комментарии • 2 461

  • Ayesha Haque
    Ayesha Haque 4 дня назад

    Why couldn’t they just relight it?

  • Asadullah Zeeshan
    Asadullah Zeeshan 5 дней назад

    Praise to almighty Allah islam has.no such foolish and cruel rituals.

  • Jan Kubicki
    Jan Kubicki 6 дней назад

    What music in background?

  • Arijit Gayen
    Arijit Gayen 9 дней назад

    This made me so sad.

  • Thomas Daywalt
    Thomas Daywalt 19 дней назад

    now that a challange in ones ife

  • Colleen Carr
    Colleen Carr 20 дней назад

    Sad but male dominance was foretold to be heavy handed.

  • Farhat Naik
    Farhat Naik 20 дней назад +2

    Idk how I ended up here but I love it.

  • V_Soul VampireSoul
    V_Soul VampireSoul 24 дня назад


  • MK 23
    MK 23 26 дней назад

    What a sad life.

  • Raider Overboss
    Raider Overboss 28 дней назад

    I pull up on these girls and they’ll just be vestals after that

  • Natalie Loreal
    Natalie Loreal Месяц назад

    Pleeeaaasseeee do more of these? 🙏

  • Ximena Aguilar
    Ximena Aguilar Месяц назад

    The roman empire sucked and i hate men

  • maachi7410
    maachi7410 Месяц назад

    Rome was so contradictory about these virgins but was a very perverse place

  • Kevin Turner
    Kevin Turner Месяц назад

    I watch your videos for fun being the Nerd I am but this just made me sad

  • reinterpret_cast
    reinterpret_cast Месяц назад

    Feministic propaganda

  • Sparkes TV
    Sparkes TV Месяц назад

    Traumatic init?

  • Nils Petras
    Nils Petras Месяц назад

    the artwork is fantastic!

  • Sebastien Sade
    Sebastien Sade Месяц назад

    It's not educational when modern attitudes are forced upon the past.

  • awevfx
    awevfx Месяц назад

    Welcome to the bonfire, Unkindled One.
    I am a Fire Keeper. I tend to the flame, and tend to thee. The Lords have left their thrones, and must be deliver'd to them. To this end, I am at thy side."

  • Rene Valleramos
    Rene Valleramos Месяц назад

    Romans dont respect wehmen..

  • amythest maglente
    amythest maglente Месяц назад

    People that day are a bunch of dope. Just bec of fire?

  • caracarota
    caracarota Месяц назад

    Whoa, that’s brutal!! Geez, Roman times...

  • labyrinthodont 6
    labyrinthodont 6 Месяц назад

    Who cares about temple virgins. We want to hear about temple prostitutes.

  • keaman
    keaman Месяц назад

    Yea religion!

  • prabhat yadav
    prabhat yadav Месяц назад

    is that it i want to know more.

  • Fran Pe
    Fran Pe Месяц назад

    BUT, If Licina manages to keep the flame until her ages of duty are over, she will be considered almost a goddness. No even the emperor would dare to challenge her.

  • Ketzechka
    Ketzechka Месяц назад

    Couldn't they technically check the hymens of the women who were accused of losing their virginity? I mean it may be seen as unholy but it's more holy than freaking killing one of them.
    Vesta wouldn't have wanted that.

  • nkohu
    nkohu Месяц назад

    A day in the life of a kingsguard please?

    TJ FRESH Месяц назад

    that flame is iblis

  • Low Eel
    Low Eel Месяц назад

    Well, just for the record, "incestus", punished with burial, heppened 11 times on 1100 years.

  • TheTerrariaEevee Trio
    TheTerrariaEevee Trio Месяц назад

    Can you do a day in a life of a viking? I learning about vikings at school

  • Eline Liborang
    Eline Liborang Месяц назад

    A speake duts 😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰

  • Mr Feast
    Mr Feast Месяц назад

    Sponsored by Feminatzi's

  • Sacred Atheist
    Sacred Atheist Месяц назад

    A lot of women are upset about how life was for these women. But what else were they good for? Plus, life sucked for everyone back then. (Not that today is any better). Men had to become soldiers and had to endure horrible battles and their life expectancy was very low.

  • venus ayomide
    venus ayomide Месяц назад +1

    Who else is mega bummed out

  • rah ali
    rah ali Месяц назад

    This reminds me of the Doctor Who episode"Fires of Pompeii"

  • Katie Persons
    Katie Persons Месяц назад

    Couldn't her virginity be "verified"?

  • Patrick Wasiluk
    Patrick Wasiluk Месяц назад

    Boy these where one dum whore's

  • Vay Kek
    Vay Kek Месяц назад

    This is very inaccurate and melodramatic; shame on TED.

  • 음종석
    음종석 Месяц назад

    This pictures are pretty, but this video is rather one-sided, cause vestal virgins had higher rights than the womans at that century. And they could marry a fine men after thirty years.

  • internet person
    internet person Месяц назад

    This is educational but I'm concerned the feminists (SJWs) are going to spam the comments about gender oppression... As if everything is about gender, as if there were never any individuals who happen to be male that had difficult lives. The details of this particular historical story get overshadowed by an SJW's ideological agenda in 2018.

  • Sicario_HZ
    Sicario_HZ 2 месяца назад

    I thought that hesitation was the hearth god but i guess I am wrong

  • Ajdin Al Shareef
    Ajdin Al Shareef 2 месяца назад

    maaan if only Hannibal had won

  • Alyssa Hampton
    Alyssa Hampton 2 месяца назад

    I'm crying 😭

  • CASTLE ________
    CASTLE ________ 2 месяца назад

    What happens if it rains do they cover it?

  • Charlie Yang
    Charlie Yang 2 месяца назад

    I would like a time machine so I can pull off the best prank of all time and extinguish the flame of Vesta.

    RLR PLP 2 месяца назад

    this could be a great movie storyline

  • Don Noviel eL Natividad
    Don Noviel eL Natividad 2 месяца назад

    aka the craziness of religions and cults

  • PaulinaEMMASS Lopez
    PaulinaEMMASS Lopez 2 месяца назад

    Baste probonero probinti

  • PaulinaEMMASS Lopez
    PaulinaEMMASS Lopez 2 месяца назад

    Adobado adobodabodo bastille

  • Bjoern Max Hansen
    Bjoern Max Hansen 2 месяца назад

    Fun Fact: Rome was sacked and destroyed by barbarians sixteen years after the christian emperor, Theodosius, ordered the vestal flame to be put out...

  • Coconutwater Tatyana
    Coconutwater Tatyana 2 месяца назад

    Basically human sacrifice 🤔

  • Siva Wright
    Siva Wright 2 месяца назад

    Though this is true and tragic, they also had influence in politics. They were often consulted like oracles. They actually had some say in a period where women were not even considered as citizens (Yes they were but they couldn't vote or hold political offices. Then what is the use?)

  • Hawkeyefan95IA
    Hawkeyefan95IA 2 месяца назад

    *Wow!I got goosebumps*

  • Rohit Patnaik
    Rohit Patnaik 2 месяца назад

    The animation is gorgeous.

  • my life
    my life 2 месяца назад

    is this real or just a big troll?

  • Esme.Equine
    Esme.Equine 2 месяца назад

    You’re pronouncing Vestal wrong, it’s said like “West-uh.” In Latin all V’s are pronounced as W’s.

  • Greek
    Greek 2 месяца назад

    That’s horrific. What a sad story

  • WarmindMars
    WarmindMars 2 месяца назад

    This was Roma, this is our history. You can't change it.

  • An nushy
    An nushy 2 месяца назад

    How foolish people they were. Ah!

  • Jonathon Grbevski
    Jonathon Grbevski 2 месяца назад +1

    This is great

  • JTM712
    JTM712 2 месяца назад


  • Yuri Aegyo
    Yuri Aegyo 2 месяца назад

    The d was too irresistible

  • BB
    BB 2 месяца назад

    How barbaric. But we are talking about Romans...so...

  • Joe Biernacki
    Joe Biernacki 2 месяца назад

    Easy enough to check for virginity.

  • lala azizi
    lala azizi 2 месяца назад +1

    So what year when the fire went off?

    • Richard Ides
      Richard Ides Месяц назад

      The rites of Vesta ended in 394 by order of the emperor Theodosius I. The fire was extinguished and the College of Vestals disbanded. The Fall of Rome followed soon after... Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!

  • mushy
    mushy 2 месяца назад

    I just played Octopath Traveler, and the clerics story in that is watching over the sacred flame and every 20 years one is picked to carry the original flame to temples of the flame to reignite the dwindling flame. I had no idea it was loosely based on these women.
    Very good role-playing game I recommend it!
    By the way great series

  • Chris Horv
    Chris Horv 2 месяца назад

    Fairy tales..

  • hairysquatch
    hairysquatch 2 месяца назад

    I thought it was something different but mkay.

  • Alvin Wibisono
    Alvin Wibisono 2 месяца назад

    The fire kepper
    Before the dark souls

  • Jaya J
    Jaya J 2 месяца назад

    Foolish sick Romans.

  • Alexis Versa
    Alexis Versa 2 месяца назад

    Hoes 👌😂

  • MynicknameisViolet
    MynicknameisViolet 2 месяца назад

    the flame burned too bright and rome fell

  • Vin Espresso
    Vin Espresso 2 месяца назад

    Nice work here, Ted

  • Synoah Elijah Vin Peñaflorida
    Synoah Elijah Vin Peñaflorida 2 месяца назад

    For some reason, I can't stop watching this video it's so amazing

  • Ethan Suico
    Ethan Suico 2 месяца назад +1

    They lied just to pay their terrible price!

  • Ethan Suico
    Ethan Suico 2 месяца назад +3

    I called this human sacrifice!

  • Ethan Suico
    Ethan Suico 2 месяца назад +1

    This is satanic! They shouldve been to christ!

    • Amber Hutcherson
      Amber Hutcherson 2 месяца назад

      Neither of you are correct. This isn't satanic and Christanity did exist these people just worshipped different gods.

    • Anna Noble
      Anna Noble 2 месяца назад

      ...what? No, no, no. This is not Satanic. Roman Paganism is not Satanism in any way, shape, or form. Also, Christianity either wasn't around or was just a small religion in those days, depending on the year.

  • SergioMartelli
    SergioMartelli 2 месяца назад

    These ancient religions make Islam appear modern and progressive.

  • Tebz
    Tebz 3 месяца назад

    are they all fortnite players

  • Queen Potens
    Queen Potens 3 месяца назад

    Is this real or myth?

  • Lana Del Rey
    Lana Del Rey 3 месяца назад

    Hestia outsold

  • Regie Germar
    Regie Germar 3 месяца назад

    Could it be that during those times, there was no electricity and they need fire and light at night for guarding the city? In turn, they resorted to this practice to protect the residents of the city while they were sleeping.

  • n ziom
    n ziom 3 месяца назад +1

    Why this reminds me of xenomorph

  • Sokercat
    Sokercat 3 месяца назад

    You had one job, one job.

  • João Soares
    João Soares 3 месяца назад

    they tried to keep the flame burning, just two more things one once a year the flame was put out, then lit again using special oil and wood, the other one is they believed that if the flame went out the city would fall, the irony is that after the roman empire adopted Christianity it was seen as pointless, not to mention blasphemous, to maintain it burning and permanently put it out, getting to the irony the city fell to barbarian invaders I believe it was the Goths, not long after that,

    • Chris Wedemann
      Chris Wedemann 3 месяца назад

      João Soares Within the year it was written Rome fell. Just as they were accepting a greater role of transtrenderism. And put out the fire for good.

  • Julianna Reader
    Julianna Reader 3 месяца назад +80

    why are people so obsessed with controlling women

    • Ængle Wer
      Ængle Wer 3 дня назад

      men get controlled to men used to be forced into the military firefighting service police etc and if they didn't they would go to jail or be executed

    • Leyla Rustamova
      Leyla Rustamova 10 дней назад

      Harley Ian I don’t live in the western world if that’s what you are thinking. And there are things worse than the patriarchy I know, but if not the patriarchy, these things wouldn’t exist.

    • Leyla Rustamova
      Leyla Rustamova 10 дней назад

      felicix I didn’t say that I’m sad I’m born in this era, you foolish child.

    • felicix
      felicix 12 дней назад

      +Leyla Rustamova Lol. Be glad you were born in this century and not any other one. Delusional child.

  • Scientific Humanist
    Scientific Humanist 3 месяца назад

    Another example of the awful misogyny that permeates our species. Very SAD! 😰

  • Zeru Babel
    Zeru Babel 3 месяца назад

    A whiter shade of pale.....

  • Kitty Stetson
    Kitty Stetson 3 месяца назад


  • prka100
    prka100 3 месяца назад

    The fate of a city depended on someone’s virginity !!! Why am I not surprised 😮

  • Isabelle Layla
    Isabelle Layla 3 месяца назад

    and then?

    • Chris Wedemann
      Chris Wedemann 3 месяца назад

      Isabelle Layla Then Christianity took over, they put out the flame, and within the decade Rome fell.
      Rome stood for a thousand years, and in ten years fell. Maybe they should’ve kept it lit, but what do I know?

  • Tish Smiddy
    Tish Smiddy 3 месяца назад

    What Doctor's did too Midwives !😢
    Years ago

  • LetsBeClear
    LetsBeClear 3 месяца назад

    In terms of what symbolism our modern lives evoke, I’d say not much has changed

  • Jason Todd
    Jason Todd 3 месяца назад

    Can you guys do the Mayan mad Aztec myths please!!

  • Zoi Andersen
    Zoi Andersen 3 месяца назад

    Wow. That got dark REAL fast!

  • ronnie. og
    ronnie. og 3 месяца назад

    Licinia was buried alive everyone. She died having "many privileges"

  • Janibel Baez
    Janibel Baez 3 месяца назад

    Human’s endless stupidity and cruelty.

  • Nurmalita Titania
    Nurmalita Titania 3 месяца назад

    crazy how romanian lives that day

  • Echo
    Echo 3 месяца назад

    The Romans are Assholes
    The Greeks are Assholes who have Fun