Throughout history, luck has been believed to be not only some desirable thing to be possessed in order to win at gambling, but also some telekinetic spirit protecting the body against misfortune. Ancient religions attributed luck to deities of destiny-Min in Egypt, Tyche in Greece, Fortuna in Rome. Medieval tradition personified Fortune as a woman turning a wheel that would determine an individual's fate. An illumination in a fifteenth century French translation of De Casibus Virorum Illustrium, a collection of moral stories about the rises and falls of famous men, shows the author pointing to the goddess Fortune turning a wheel of people rising and falling.
Who is the author?
Author: Joseph Mazur
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