The Code deals with a class of persons devoted to the service .of a god, as vestals or hierodules.
The vestals were vowed to, chastity, lived together in a great nunnery, were forbidden to open or enter a tavern, and together with other votaries had many privileges.
Vestals frequently adopted daughters, usually other vestals, to care for their old age.
But vestals, hierodules, certain palace officials and slaves had no rights over their children and could raise no obstacle.
He was criticised by the vestals of constitutional tradition for having declared war without consulting Parliament and for not having summoned it until several months later.