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Sortes Virgilianae

Sortes Virgilianae
Sors Sors, n.; pl. {Sortes}. [L.] A lot; also, a kind of divination by means of lots. [1913 Webster]

{Sortes Homeric[ae]} or {Sortes Virgilian[ae]} [L., Homeric or Virgilian lots], a form of divination anciently practiced, which consisted in taking the first passage on which the eye fell, upon opening a volume of Homer or Virgil, or a passage drawn from an urn which several were deposited, as indicating future events, or the proper course to be pursued. In later times the Bible was used for the same purpose by Christians. [1913 Webster]


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  • SORTES Virgilianae — apud Spartian. in Adriano, c. 14. aliosque Historiae Aug. Scriptores passim, species Μαντικῆς, quae per sortes divinabat, et Graecis Κληρομαντεία in genere dicta est, ᾽Ραψῳδομαντείας nomen accepit; cuius itidem varii modi erant. Interdum nobilis… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Sortes Virgilianae — The Sortes Virgilianae or Sortes Vergilianae (Latin Virgilian lots ; singular sors Vergiliana) is a form of divination by bibliomancy in which advice or predictions of the future are sought by randomly selecting a passage from Virgil s Aeneid .… …   Wikipedia

  • VIRGILIANAE Sortes — apud Spartian. in Hadriano, c. 2. quum sollicitus, de Imperatoris erga se iudicio, Virgilianas sortes consuleret, Quis procul ille autem ramis insignis olivae Sacra ferens? noseo erines, incanaque menta Regis Romani, primam qui legibus urbem… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Sortes (ancient Rome) — Sortes (Latin singular: sors ) were a frequent method of divination among the ancient Romans.Citation | last = Smith | first = William | author link = William Smith (lexicographer) | contribution = Sortes | editor last = Smith | editor first =… …   Wikipedia

  • sortes — sortˈes / ēz or ās/ plural noun Divination by chance opening of the Bible, Homer, Virgil, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑sort * * * [ sôrˌtēz; ˌtāz] sor·tes plural n. [treated as sing.] divination, or the seeking of guidance, by chance selection of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sortes Sanctorum — Drawing the Sortes Sanctorum (Lots of the saints) or Sortes Sacrae (Holy Lots) was a type of divination or cleromancy practiced in early Christianity, derived and adapted from the ancient Roman sortes , as seen in the pagan Sortes Homerica and… …   Wikipedia

  • Sortes Homerica — The Sortes Homerica (Latin Homeric lots ) was the practice of drawing a random sentence or line from the works of Homer (usually the Iliad) to answer a question or predict the future. Socrates is recorded as doing so in prison to determine the… …   Wikipedia

  • SORTES — Oracula dicebantur. Ciceto de Divin. l. 1. c. 6. Quae est autem gens, quae Civitas, quae non aut extis pecudum, aut monstra, aut fulgura interpretantium, aut Augurum, aut Astrlogorum, aut Sortium, (ea enim fere Artis sunt) praedictione, moneatur? …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Chance — I (Roget s Thesaurus) >Absence of assignable cause. < N PARAG:Chance >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 chance chance indetermination accident fortune hazard hap haphazard chance medley random luck raccroc casualty …   English dictionary for students

  • Bibliomancy — is the use of books in divination. The method of employing sacred books (especially specific words and verses) for magical medicine , for removing negative entities, or for divination is widespread in many religions of the world. What the Vedas… …   Wikipedia