96 Temple of Portunus

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.

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


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