Portunes

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In Roman mythology, Portunes (alternatively spelled Portumnes or Portunus) was a god of keys and doors and livestock. He later became associated with Palaemon and became primarily a god of ports and harbors. He protected the warehouses where grain was stored.

Temple of Portunus in Rome

His festival, on August 17, was the Portunalia. On this day, keys were thrown into a fire for good luck in a very solemn and lugubrious manner. His attribute was a key.

There is a temple of Portunus in Rome( pictured), in the ancient Forum Boarium by the Tiber. From here, Portunus watched over cattle-barges as they entered the city from Ostia.

The temple was restored in the first century BC and is so well preserved because the temple was converted to use as a church late in the ninth century.

The circular Temple of Hercules Victor is located behind the Temple of Portunus in the Forum Boarium.

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