Fortuna, also known as Fors Fortuna, became identified with the Greek goddess Tyche. Although originally a fertility figure, she was more generally regarded as a goddess of fate, chance, and luck. She had a temple in the Forum Boarium at Rome and a shrine and an oracle at Palestrina. Her sortes (oracular responses) were very celebrated.
Fortuna, surnamed Redux, was Fortune the Home-Bringer; Publica, Luck of the People; Virgo, Fortune the Virgin; Huiusque, Fortune of the Day; Equestris, Fortune of the Knights; Primigenia, Fortune the Firstborn; Virilis, Manly Fortune, and Muliebris the luck of a woman. Typical of Roman attitudes, the fortune of a woman in marriage, however, was Fortuna Virilis.
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