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Mythology & Beliefs: Fortuna
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Fortuna was the Roman goddess of fortune.

Fortuna in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology the goddess of chance or good luck, was worshipped both in Greece and Italy, and more particularly at Rome, where she was considered as the steady goddess of good luck, success, and every kind of prosperity. The great confidence which the Romans placed in her is expressed in the story related by Plutarch (de Fortitud. Rom. 4), that on entering Rome she put off her wings and shoes, and threw away the globe, as she intended to take up her permanent abode among the Romans. Her worship is traced to the reign of Ancus Martius and Servius Tullius, and the latter is said to have built two temples to her, the one in the forum boarium, and the other on the banks of the Tiber. (Plut. l.c. 5, 10; Dionys. A. R. 4.27; Liv. 10.46 ; Ov. Fast. 6.570.) The Romans mention her with a variety of surnames and epithets, as publica, privata, muliebris (said to have originated at the time when Coriolanus was prevented by the entreaties of the women from destroying Rome, Plut. l.c.), regina, conservatrix, primigenia, virilis, &c. Fortuna Virginensis was worshipped by newlymarried women, who dedicated their maiden garments and girdle in her temple. (Arnob. 2.67 ; Augustin. de Civ. Dci, 4.11.) Ovid (Fast iv. 145) tells us that Fortuna Virilis was worshipped by women, who prayed to her that she might preserve their charms, and thus enable them to please their husbands. Her surnames, in general, express either particular kinds of good luck or the persons or classes of persons to whom she granted it. Her worship was of great importance also at Antium and Praeneste, where her sortes or oracles were very celebrated. (Dict. of Ant. s. v. Oraculum; Hartung, die Relig. d. Röm. vol. ii. p. 233, &c. Comp. TYCHE.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Fortuna in Wikipedia Fortuna (equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) was the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion. She might bring good luck or bad: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life's capriciousness. She was also a goddess of fate: as Atrox Fortuna, she claimed the young lives of the princeps Augustus' grandsons Gaius and Lucius, prospective heirs to the Empire.[1] Her father was said to be Jupiter and like him, she could also be bountiful (Copia). As Annonaria she protected grain supplies. June 11 was sacred to her: on June 24 she was given cult at the festival of Fors Fortuna.[2][3]...

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