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Temple of Portunus

Located in the ancient Forum Boarium near the Tiber river, the Temple of Portunus is a well-preserved example of ancient Roman architecture. The temple overlooked the fluvial port of Rome, watching over the goods entering the city.

The small temple, which is raised on a podium, is a pseudoperipteros. Four free Ionic columns are located on the portico, while the other columns are connected along the walls of the cella. The temple dates back to the 1st-century and was dedicated to Portunus, the Roman god of doors, keys, and livestock, but for centuries it was thought to be dedicated to Fortuna Virilis, a manifestation of the goddess Fortuna.  



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