The Vestal Cossinia

Here’s an amazing thing – it’s a press photo taken shortly after the excavation of the tomb of the Vestal Cossinia in Tivoli. This esteemed and beloved priestess served the goddess for sixty-six years.

The marble plaque on her tomb reads, “Here lies and rests the Virgin / Borne by the people/ Because she was faithful to Vesta for sixty-six years.” Surely those of us who honor the flame feel a sense of solidarity with this amazing woman and her legacy.  All best, in Vesta.

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