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Vesta was the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family in Roman mythology. Her presence was symbolized by the sacred fire that burned at her hearth and temples. Her Greek mythology equivalent was the goddess Hestia.
Vesta was seen to protect everything that was most important to people's survival. She was not an central figure of many myths. The Roman Empire was governed by men. Independent women would have threatened that system. Vesta was an example of what the Romans thought a woman should be. They thought that women should be modest and not share their views.