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Portunalia – Festival Honoring Portunus

Portunalia – Festival Honoring Portunus

Aug 17, 2012

Portunus, an ancient Roman god, was the god of keys, gates or doors (porta), and livestock. He protected grain warehouses and barns. Eventually he also became associated with ports, and harbors (portus – gateway to the sea) as well. Specifically, Portunus protected the portus Tiberinus, a river harbor within Rome, and the wharves at Ostia. The portus...