Zeus fez amor com Leto, deixando sua mulher Hera muito enciumada. Hera baniu Leto, que vagou pelo mundo à procura de um lugar onde dar à luz. Como a filha de Hera, Ilícia, deusa do parto, não pudesse ajudar Leto, o povo de Delos deixou que ela tivesse os gêmeos Ártemis e Apolo em sua ilha.
In ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins (Vestales, singular Vestalis) were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The College of the Vestals and its well-being was regarded as fundamental for security of Rome. They cultivated sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. Vestals were freed of social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity, devote to study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests.