Fortuna from the Lamian Gardens. Roman, 1st century C.E. Capitoline Museum.

Today is the festival of Fortuna Publica, the goddess governing the luck, fate, and fortune of “the people”. The Romans recognized that the success of a nation was due, in equal parts, to valor, wisdom, and good fortune. Fortuna typically holds a cornucopia and a ship’s rudder or steering oar.

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