Roman Wheel of Fortune Amulet Necklace, 5th-8th Century AD
Late Roman/Byzantine period, 5th-8th century AD. The concept of the Rota Fortunae, the Wheel of Fortune, dates back millennia with the Roman goddess Fortunae capriciously deciding the fate of men with a spin of her wheel, often sweeping them up to unprecedented new wealth and prosperity. It has proven to be an enduring symbol and concept even through the Christianization of Rome and into the Middle Ages as evidenced by the highly influential works of the late Roman philosopher and statesman Boethius. This is a provincial example, circular, over 1/2" in diameter, with raised rounded hub and 6 spokes. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored, on a Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.