Fortuna Huiusce Diei is the Roman Goddess of Fate, Fortuna, in Her aspect as
"Fortune of the Present Day", who has the power to bring good things
and good luck right now.
Her temple in Rome was located in the Campus Martius, the "Field
of Mars", and though the precise location is still debated, it is most
probably the little round temple ("Temple B") in the modern Area Sacra
di Largo Argentina in Rome, which when uncovered included some fragments of
a female cult-statue. The temple was vowed by the general Lutatius Catulus during
the battle of Vercellae, June 30th, 101 BCE, who was obviously happy that the
fortune of that day included his survival. He used the spoils of the defeated
Celtic tribe, the Cimbri, to build the temple, which was dedicated (officially
opened) on a later anniversary of the battle. (Alas, his good fortune did not
last: he later chose the wrong side in the civil war and was persuaded to commit
suicide.) The fragments of the white marble cult-statue from Temple B include
the head of a matronly-looking Goddess, Her hair bound up in a conservative
style. She has majestic features (and incidentally, pierced ears), and Her mouth
is slightly open.
Fortuna Huiusce Diei likely had a shrine or altar on the Palatine,
as there was a street on that hill called the Vicus Huiusce Diei, supposedly
named for it. According to Pliny the Elder, this shrine was supposed to have
contained a statue of Athene made by the famous Greek sculptor Phidias, who
also made the great chryselephantine (gold and ivory) statue of Athene for the
Parthenon in Athens. This statue was dedicated by Aemilius Paulus, who took
it as spoils from a battle in Greece, and who died in 160 BCE, which would make
this temple to Fortuna Huiusce Diei an earlier and different temple than the
one in the Campus Martius.
Her festival was held on the anniversary of Her temple's dedication,
Also called: Fortuna Huiusque
Alternate meanings of Her name: "Good Fortune for Today",
"Luck of the Day"