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Temple of Fortuna Virilis

The Temple of Fortuna Virilis was constructed around the 2nd century BCE in Rome and was unique in that it was heavily influenced by Etruscan architectural styles and plans along with other Italic cultures. The style also incorporated many Greek elements through Hellenistic architecture which greatly influenced the entire Mediterranean region during this time. The architecture of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis is greatly indicative of the symbiotic flow of ideas and culture throughout the region during this time through advanced trading networks.

The function of the temple was a standard temple that was built at the center of the Roman fora throughout the Roman world. Several elements adopted from the Etruscans include a high podium and a frontal approach by a single fight of stairs at the front of the building. This structure also included a deep porch with columns. One can greatly see the comparison with the Temple of Apollo at Veii which was constructed three hundred years prior in 500 BCE/BC.

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