The phrase means that Fortuna, the Goddess of luck, is more likely to help those who take risks or action. Its earliest recorded use is by the second century BC playwright Terence, in his play Phormio (Fortes Fortuna adiuvat) and by Ennius in Ann. 257: (Fortibus est Fortuna viris data)[1] A similar phrase, (Audentis Fortuna iuvat) is shouted by Turnus in Virgil's Aeneid in book X as he begins the charge against Aeneas' Trojans.[2] This phrase is often quoted as Audentes Fortuna iuvat or Audaces Fortuna iuvat.


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