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I would love to find this book

16 years ago

This is a real longshot, but here goes. When I was a high school student, 1945-1949, I read a book for my Latin class. It was a novel about the Vestal Virgins in ancient Rome. The main character was accused of breaking the vow of chastity and had to pass a test in order to be exonerated, and not be walled up alive in a tomb and left to die. The test was that she had to carry water in a sieve for a certain distance withour losing a drop.

I have searched several out of print book sites to no avail. Is there anyone our there who ever heard of this plot? I would love to find the title of this book. The story of the life of these women of ancient Rome was fascinating to me.

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