The house of the vestals was rebuilt several times in the course of the empire after the dissolution of the college of the vestals and the introduction of compulsory christianity by theodosius i in the late 4th century ad the house of the vestals continued to serve as a residence building it now housed officials of the imperial court and . Vestal virgins vestal virgins in roman religion six priestesses representing the daughters of the royal house who tended the state cult of vesta the goddess of the hearth the cult is believed to date to the 7th century bc like other non christian cults it was banned in ad 394 by theodosius i chosen. The house of the vestals collects nine of the award winning stories of gordianus the finder by critically acclaimed bestselling author steven saylor filling in some of the gaps between novels this delightful collection of unique and unforgetable mysteries is saylor at his finest revealing the intrigues in the secret history of rome. The house of the vestals is a collection of short stories by american author steven saylor first published by st martins press in 1997 it is the sixth book in his roma sub rosa series of mystery stories set in the final decades of the roman republic. In the house of the vestals romes best finder gordianus is back in a series of short stories full of political intrigue murder theft and mystery set in between the novels roman blood and arms of nemesis the house of the vestals update readers on what gordianus has been up to in the years that pass between the two books
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