Fortuna was a Roman goddess of good fortune and popular with women in an oracle context. She is depicted carrying a globe, rudder, and cornucpiae. She probably originated from the Greek goddess Tyche. Her main symbol is the wheel of wheat, which she may stand upon, Renaissance artists tended to depict her as thus. Among her more celebrated sanctuaries in Rome is the temple of Fortuna Redux, built by Domitian to celebrate her victories in Germany. Also, she is depicted in the well-known stone carving in the Gloucester Museum, England, holding her three main attributes. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993. p. 82