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Title: Sortes
Contributor(s): Dillon, Matthew P (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: 'Sortes' (lit. "lots") were employed to foretell the future, and as a method of DIVINATION were used by both Greeks and Romans. In the Roman Empire at the temple of FORTUNA in PRAENESTE verses of Vergil were inscribed on wooden tablets, one of which would be drawn randomly in a consultation and interpreted. Sortes could take the form of the random consultation of a book such as Homer's 'Iliad'; the lines so found were interpreted as having prophetic meaning.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, p. 900-900
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9780203506240
Field of Research (FOR): 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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