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« Topic Start: April 03, 2008, 06:37:59 pm »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

I'm looking for good (i.e., academically trustworthy) resources about Hestia and Vesta.  I'm particularly interested in comparing how they were worshipped to what we know about how Brighid and Sulis were worshipped.

No, I'm not going to argue that they're ALL the same goddess.  However, there are some really interesting parallels in their worship that intrigue me.  I'd like to know more.
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« Reply #1: April 03, 2008, 07:01:00 pm »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

I'm looking for good (i.e., academically trustworthy) resources about Hestia and Vesta.  I'm particularly interested in comparing how they were worshipped to what we know about how Brighid and Sulis were worshipped.

No, I'm not going to argue that they're ALL the same goddess.  However, there are some really interesting parallels in their worship that intrigue me.  I'd like to know more.

For starters, there is Theoi.com's Entry on Her

You could also find a little bit on her in Walter Burkert's Greek Religion and Carl Kerenyi's The Gods of the Greeks.

I don't know of any comparisons between her and Brighid and Sulis.

As another bit of information, the cults of Hestia and Vesta were a bit different.  Vesta's cult was more in the public whereas Hestia was worshiped primarily in the home.
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« Reply #2: April 03, 2008, 07:18:48 pm »

As another bit of information, the cults of Hestia and Vesta were a bit different.  Vesta's cult was more in the public whereas Hestia was worshiped primarily in the home.

Thanks for the references.  I'll look into them.

I thought the two cults were at least somewhat different, but wasn't sure.  There are elements of each, I believe, that share similarities with some of the worship of Brighid and Sulis.  For example, the perpetual flame and the 19 female attendants.  That's what I'm interested in learning more about.  I'm curious about why those similarities existed.
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« Reply #3: April 03, 2008, 08:12:12 pm »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

There is a ton of Roman stuff on UNRV. Specifically: Vestal Virgins.

Hope that helps. I am a member of UNRV and they try to make sure that all articles posted are scholarly.
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« Reply #4: April 04, 2008, 01:46:42 pm »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

I'm looking for good (i.e., academically trustworthy) resources about Hestia and Vesta.  I'm particularly interested in comparing how they were worshipped to what we know about how Brighid and Sulis were worshipped.

No, I'm not going to argue that they're ALL the same goddess.  However, there are some really interesting parallels in their worship that intrigue me.  I'd like to know more.

Have you ever seen the book Devoted To You: Honoring Deity In Wiccan Practice (title is misleading, the book isn't actually about Wicca...dumb publishers...)? Judy Harrow's name is on the cover, but it was a collaboration of four different authors. (great book by the way, I highly recommend)

Anyway, Alexei Kodratiev wrote a large chunk about Brigid, but as part of that section of the book, he also wrote a decent bit about Hestia, and Vesta (mostly about Vesta).

Probably nothing that you won't find anywhere else, but it's a really good book overall.
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« Reply #5: April 04, 2008, 01:49:34 pm »

Devoted To You: Honoring Deity In Wiccan Practice

Yes, I have that book, and am very familiar with the Brighid section.  I didn't think to look in it for Hestia or Vesta.

Duh.  Embarrassed

Thanks!
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« Reply #6: April 09, 2008, 06:00:57 pm »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

I'm looking for good (i.e., academically trustworthy) resources about Hestia and Vesta.  I'm particularly interested in comparing how they were worshipped to what we know about how Brighid and Sulis were worshipped.

No, I'm not going to argue that they're ALL the same goddess.  However, there are some really interesting parallels in their worship that intrigue me.  I'd like to know more.

There's not really a lot out there on Hestia. I suggest the Homeric Hymns for a primary source, and probably Burkert has some stuff on her in Greek Religion. Hestia is less anthropomorphic than the rest of the Greek gods. She didn't have a cult in the way other deities did, but she was very important, nonetheless.

Vesta fulfilled similar functions in Roman society that Hestia did in Greek, but the worship of her was much different. Lefkowitz & Fant have a small section on Vesta in their book, Women's life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation. IIRC (it's been a few years since I read it), there is also some information in Sarah Pomeroy's Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity.

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« Reply #7: April 09, 2008, 06:34:56 pm »


Thanks!  These are going on my Amazon list.
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« Reply #8: May 12, 2008, 11:59:09 am »

Thanks!  These are going on my Amazon list.

Moon Ivy,

I came across a reference to a book recently and thought of you:

Rome's Vestal Virgins: A Study of Rome's Vestal Priestesses in the Late Republic and Early Empire, by Robin Wildfang

BMCR has a review: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2007/2007-10-12.html

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« Reply #9: May 12, 2008, 07:30:29 pm »

Moon Ivy,

I came across a reference to a book recently and thought of you:

Rome's Vestal Virgins: A Study of Rome's Vestal Priestesses in the Late Republic and Early Empire, by Robin Wildfang

BMCR has a review: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2007/2007-10-12.html

Sasha

Thanks, Sasha!  I'll try to hunt this down.
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« Reply #10: March 16, 2010, 04:49:28 am »

I'm hoping some of the Greek and Roman recon types can help me.

I'm looking for good (i.e., academically trustworthy) resources about Hestia and Vesta.  I'm particularly interested in comparing how they were worshipped to what we know about how Brighid and Sulis were worshipped.

No, I'm not going to argue that they're ALL the same goddess.  However, there are some really interesting parallels in their worship that intrigue me.  I'd like to know more.

I'm just bumping this thread because I am madly looking everywhere for in depth information on Hestia. Books, journals websites anything.

Cheers
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