Depicted is the lighting ceremony in Greece for the London 2012 Olympics. The women in white are ceremonial representations of the Vestal Virgins, keepers of the eternal fire for the goddess Vesta. Rhea Silvia, the mother of Romulus and Remus, was a Vestal Virgin. She was forced into the order by her uncle, Amulius, after taking over the throne of Alba Longa from Numitor, her father.
Actress Ino Menegaki (right), in the role of the High Priestess, lights the torch of the Olympic Flame during the Lighting Ceremony in front of the Hera Temple in Ancient Olympia. British Olympic chiefs including Lord Coe looked on in Greece today as the countdown to London 2012 began. The traditional ceremony took place under baking sun and tight security in front of the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Greece, birthplace of the Ancient Games. via dailymail.co.uk
Greek actress Ino Menegaki (R), playing the role of High Priestess, lights the Olympic flame during the torch lighting ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ancient Olympia in Greece May 10, 2012