Fortuna the Roman goddess of fortune
In Roman antiquity, the goddess Fortuna was responsible for fate, success, chance and happiness. Presumably its function was derived from the Greek goddess Tyche.
How important was the goddess Fortuna?
For the Romans, the goddess Fortuna naturally played a particularly important role. This explains the fact that in ancient Rome there were as many as thirty different sanctuaries for her to date. The oldest known temple of the goddess Fortuna dates back to the time of the Etruscan kings and is said to have been built under Servius Tullius in the 6th century BC on the Forum Boarium, the ancient Roman meat market. In republican times even three contiguous temples were consecrated to her at the Quirinal.
The festival of the goddess Fortuna, who was also regarded by the state as one of the most important goddesses, took place every year in June. Even outside Rome the goddess Fortuna did not lose her importance. One of the most impressive extra-urban Roman sanctuaries is the Fortuna Primigenia, the original Fortuna, which is located a little southeast of the capital in Praeneste, today's Palestrina.
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How can I know the goddess Fortuna
For the goddess Fortuna there is a whole series of distinctive signs. The most important of these is the cornucopia, which she usually carries in her arms in front of her body and which reflects her role in providing for the population. Often she can also be seen with a wheel, a ball or a rudder, which symbolizes her ability to steer the destiny of the people and the state on land and water. In many cases she is winged.
Relief of the goddess Fortuna from the Roman Shop
Our museum shop presents the goddess Fortuna in a particularly impressive way: On a 50 cm high, self-standing relief you can see the long robed goddess with her cornucopia in her left hand. The impressive massive structure made of alabaster gypsum with terracottta patina is a replica of an original from the 1st century A.D.
Take your destiny into your own hands and let your extraordinarily large Fortuna relief take you back to the deep religious world of the ancient Romans.
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