From Art to Artifact:  Making Sense of Roman Coins

Denarius of L. Cassius Longinus


Vestal Virgin
2nd Century CE, Rome

This is the profile of a marble portrait statue of a Chief Vestal Virgin. Dated to the 2nd century CE, it was found in the House of the Vestals at the Roman Forum. The characteristic plait of hair across the forehead, the striated headband and the suffibulum fastened under the chin are easily distinguished and recognizable as badges of the vestal priesthood, identical to the portrait on the coin.