Ruins and Fortune
At the westernmost end of the Roman Empire, in the hills of what is now central Portugal, sit the ruins of Conimbriga, a bustling settlement that once supported over 10,000 citizens. Today, the site is known for the best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.
The site has gorgeous mosaics
And the remains of a large complex of baths with an underground heating system
A central courtyard has been partially restored with beautiful plantings and a fountain
Surrounded by figural mosaics of gods and goddesses
The people of ancient Conimbriga were indeed lucky to live in such a lush natural setting
in which all their needs were taken care of
So perhaps it is no coincidence
that their inhabitants worshipped the deity of luck and chance
and purveyor of bounty
the Roman goddess Fortuna.