Napoleon: luck, Fortune and Superstitions

By Erez Levanon, Israel


Napoleon’s genius was imbedded in his ability to utilize the powers bestowed on him so generously by Fortune, for him to choose the correct paths.  She taught him how to interpret and manipulate all the signs and omens she transmitted to him.

Napoleon knew that human power has a limit and that one’s destiny cannot be changed.  However, when he decided that he no longer was in need of these signs and indications, he brought upon himself the full measure of Fortuna’s wrath.

In our paper we shall try to interpret Fortuna’s language by referring to some of the omens and hints she whispered in her lover’s ear, before their relationship came to such an unmerciful finale.