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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Temple of Portunus - Temple of Fortune in Rome

The Temple of Portunus is an ancient temple in Rome, Italy dedicated to the god Portunus in the city. The temple is believed to belong to Fortuna Virilis. The little temple is generally identified with Portumnus, the God of Doors and Harbours.

The Temple of Fortuna Virilis associates with 'Manly' or 'Virile' - the influence of making boys into men.



Temple of Portunus is from c. 120-80 B.C.E. meaning this temple church is more than 2000 years old.

The steps leading up to the enclosed space, has maintained the external architecture feature of columns that have been seen with for example the Acropolis, except in this building structure, people are guided to one entrance through one set of steps.

The temple was preserved and converted to a church in 872, when it was re-dedicated to Santa Maria Egyziaca (Saint Mary of Egypt). Looking at googlemaps, the building is surrounded by scaffolding and seems to be undergoing some work in this time.


"The Temple of Fortuna Virilis" in Isaac Ware, The Four Books of Andrea Palladio's Architecture, London, 1738.

Fortuna is equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche, the goddess of fortune in Roman religion.


Fortuna governs the circle of the four stages of life, the Wheel of Fortune, in a manuscript of Carmina Burana.

It is in the Ionic order and located in the ancient Forum Boarium by the Tiber. The Temple site overlooked the Port Tiberinus at a sharp bend in the river; from where Portunus watched over the vessels as they entered the city from Ostia.



'The 18th-century Temple of Harmony in Somerset, England is a folly based on the Temple of Portunus.'

The Olympic Flame that travels from ancient Greece to the location of the Olympic games is also known as the Flame of Harmony. In a time where there is still division between people, it is the divine plan to unite people in peace and harmony.

Ancient Rome and Rome are prevailing the times, with past and present being shown on the map in physical locations. This is evidence of history. New Rome is a mystery unfolding, that marry's past, present and future in context.

There is a big difference between fortune telling and good fortune. Fortune telling is forbidden for this is firstly, with taking into consideration the power of suggestion and the power of influence. When people speak of gloom, they influence this. Also when fortune tellers speak to infleunce people and events, they are ignoring the far greater power that influences change, for man and destiny, also what happens on earth. The ancients spoke of our destiny being written in the stars!

Even my Greek grandmother said your destiny is written in the stars. Our destiny is already planned. When we learn to respect there is a far higher order beyond this earth, then we can begin to undertand how this governs the earth.

Peace, love and best wishes
Pauline Maria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Portunus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virilis