In Roman mythology
) was the personification of good luck. She also had the name Annonaria
. Under this name, she protected grain supplies. Fortuna had a retinue that included Copia
Fortuna was worshipped by mothers. Her cult was introduced to Rome by Servius Tullius.
Fortuna had a temple on the Forum Boarium[?], a sanctuary (Fortuna Populi Romani[?] on the Quirinalis) and an oracle in Praeneste[?] where the future was chosen by a small boy choosing oak rods with possible futures written on them.
In art, she was portrayed standing in an expensive dress; she was associated with the cornucopia, rudder, ball and blindfold.
Fortuna is also the name of a pseudorandom number generator design by Neils Ferguson and Bruce Schneier. They claim it to be an improvement over Schneier's prior design, Yarrow.
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