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Fortuna: Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy

Daniele Miano


This book focuses on the Latin goddess Fortuna, one of the better known deities in ancient Italy. The earliest forms of her worship can be traced back to archaic Latium, and she was still a widely recognized allegorical figure during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The main reason for her longevity is that she was a conceptual deity, and had strong associations with chance and good fortune. When they were interacting with the goddess, communities, individuals, and gender and age groups were inevitably also interacting with the concept. These relations were not neutral: they allowed people ... More

Keywords: Fortuna, goddess, ancient, polytheism, deity, concept, Italy, Rome, fortune, chance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786566
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786566.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniele Miano, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Sheffield