Sunday, December 18, 2011

English words from the Classical Myths: Fortune

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word fortune means "chance or luck as an arbitrary force affecting human affairs".
According to the Wikipedia the word fortune comes from the name of the Roman goddess of luck, Fortuna, is the equivalent to the Greek goddness Tyche.
"She might bring good luck or bad: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life's capriciousness".
"On June 24 she was given cult at the festival of Fors Fortuna".

Other words from Fortune are fortunate, fortunately or fortuity.
We can find the use of the word fortune in the name of this magazine.


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