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It is likely that the wife and daughters of the king administered the cult of Vesta in this period. When the king was expelled from Rome a group of young patrician women were appointed to the cult of Vesta. The first known house of the vestals was a simple building at the foot of the Palatine Hill.

It was within an enclosure that also included the Temple of Vesta , and it consisted of front room in the full width of the house on the N. It is tempting to assume that the rooms are for the six vestals , and hence the house is from after the expulsion of the king.

The currently visible ruins are from the House of the Vestals that was built after the fire. The whole area was reorganised and the orientation of the house changed to follow the palace on the Palatine Hill and the new Via Nova, thus breaking the relationship with the Regia. The new house was much larger, and included the area hitherto occupied by the Domus Publica.

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The entrance was from the west, close to the Temple of Vesta. There were three basins in the atrium, two rectangular at the ends and an octagonal in the middle. In the time of Constantine the central basin was filled in and made into a flower bed. Statues of the elder vestals were displayed under the portico, but were removed when the cult was forbidden. The statues in the atrium today were found on the ground in a separate room, but many have re-erected, though not on the right bases.

The statues on display are from the time of Septimius Severus. To the extreme E. This has been interpreted as the rooms of the vestals , which were six in number, but it was probably a sanctuary for the Lares.