A colossal marble head in the Centrale Montemartini is believed to be that of the cult goddess Fortuna Huiusce Diei (Fortune of Today). It was unearthed in the 1920s in the Area Sacra di Largo Argentina, where a round temple to the goddess once stood.
The temple was vowed by Quintus Lutatius Catulus at the Battle of Vercellae in 101 BCE. It is the only known temple to this particular goddess.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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