Author: The Partial Historians

Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!

April 11, 2013 /

Dr Greenfield is a specialist in the Vestal Virgins and in this episode we consider the cult in more depth. The trials and tribulations of the Vestal Virgins and their (possible) sexual escapades serve to create interest around the cult in the popular imagination – but what are some the implications for the priestesses?

March 28, 2013 /

Dr Greenfield introduces the Vestal Virgins! These priestesses are one of the stand out colleges of women participating in ritual in Ancient Rome. When we understand their place in the greater scheme of Rome we can start to appreciate their connection with the politics of the City.

In this episode we look at: the background of the cult of Vesta; the role that the Vestals played in Roman religious thinking; and, staying on the broader theme of sex in Ancient Rome, we’ll consider the reasons why these particular women weren’t getting any action.

March 1, 2013 /

For those of you who are dying to know more about episode two, we plan to have it ready in a month.  Our next topic is going to be right up Dr Greenfield’s alley – the Vestal Virgins.  We have picked these women as they didn’t have sex… or did they?  Find out next episode!

March 1, 2013 /

Hello, oh those of very good taste!  We would just like to remind you that you are welcome to use the comments section of our page to leave ideas for future topics.  We want to satisfy your urges after all.  Tell us what you would like to know about Ancient Rome.

February 28, 2013 /

What better subject to start an ancient Roman podcast with than sex? In this episode Dr Radford and Dr Greenfield address the most pressing issue in Ancient Roman history! We consider some infamous exploits and some of the major differences in the way the Romans thought about sex from society today. With passion and knowledge, we discuss, laugh, and spar our way through the ancient world.