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Transcript of Hestia Project
Vesta (Hestia) Vesta is the Goddess of the hearth and the home. Vesta's Greek name is Hestia. The Goddess Vesta was created from the Greek Goddess Hestia whom the Romans copied. Vesta was the sister of Jupiter, Pluto, Juno, Neptune and Ceres. Vesta was worshiped in every Roman home. A painting or statue of her was in almost every Roman home. Vesta gave up her seat of power to protect the home, hearth and the people in it. The eternal flame Vesta is symbolized through..... Or a donkey A temple was dedicated to her and inside was an eternal flame. Vesta's temple was located and worshiped in the Roman forum. At Vesta's temple the Vestal Virgins guarded her flame and worshiped her. Vestalia was over 8 days where Romans came to the innermost sanctuary of her temple and worshiped the eternal flame. The only day the eternal flame was put out was March 1st or the Roman new year. Then was lit again to symbolize renewal and Vesta's eternal power. Vesta was important to the Romans because they believed that under her protection the Roman empire would never fall. The Romans threw food into the fire at every meal as a sacrifice to Vesta. They did this to make sure they would be protected. "Vesta." Vesta. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-gods/vesta.htm>. Bibliography "Vesta (Roman Goddess)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/626927/Vesta>. Ceremonies that worship Vesta! Vesta, Flame and Hearth Goddess of Ancient Rome." Vesta, Flame and Hearth Goddess of Ancient Rome. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.thaliatook.com/AMGG/vesta.html>. Vesta." Vesta. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Vesta.html>. "Vesta - Goddess of Hearth - Crystalinks." Vesta - Goddess of Hearth - Crystalinks. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.crystalinks.com/vesta.html>. A Statue like these ones were often placed at the front of the house. This is what her temple looked like. It was round to represent Earth and the natural fire. Vesta's temple didn't have any paintings or sculptures of her because she was represented by fire, it was her statue. The Roman women always knew Vesta was watching over them and the women felt a special connection towards her.