– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Temple of Portunus


Temple of Portunus (formerly known as, Fortuna Virilis), travertine, tufa, and stucco,
c. 120-80 B.C.E., Rome 

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 C.E. Please note that this recording contains traffic and wind noise due to the busy and open location of the Temple of Portunus.

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Livia wrote on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Portunus was the God of the Port, protecting the Harbour built along the Tiber river and the trades to it connected. The god of doors, keys, beginningns and openings was the adjacent temple of Janus, today partialy hidden under the basilica of S. Nicolas in jail. another temple dedicated to Janus was in the Roman Forum adjacent to the Comitium.

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