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8.5: Temple of Portunus

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  • Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of the Temple of Portunus, which was formerly known as Fortuna Virilis. Portunus was the Roman god of doors and keys (this was adjacent to a port on the Tiber river). The temple is thought to have survived because it was converted to a church, Saint Mary of Egypt, in 872 CE. Please note that this recording contains traffic and wind noise due to the busy and open location of the Temple of Portunus.


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    Temple of Portunus (formerly known as Fortuna Virilis), travertine, tufa, and stucco, c. 120–80 BCE, Rome.

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