(Spontini: La vestale). Ten. A victorious Roman General, in love with Giulia, now a vestal virgin. He meets her at night when she is guarding the sacred flame. They neglect it and it goes out—a cardinal sin. He is helped to escape, but she is condemned to death. At the last minute, the flame is rekindled by a flash of lightning and the lovers are reunited. Created (1807) by Étienne Laîné.