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Volume-editor AnneMarie Luijendijk and William E. Klingshirn

: first, from antiquity through the early modern period, when lots were studied for their practical applications, their value as vehicles for philosophical reflection on Fate and Fortune, and the cultural, theological, and legal limits that should govern their use; and second, from the early modern period


Franziska Naether

and colleagues have brought additional manuscripts to my attention. 3 Furthermore, sortes books have a history in other cultures, with direct links from antiquity to the early modern periods with texts preserved in European languages. More and more divinatory techniques known from Greek and Latin


AnneMarie Luijendijk and William E. Klingshirn

’archéologie et d’histoire 82 (1970): 321–62. Penelope Meyers Usher, “‘Pricking in Virgil’: Early Modern Prophetic Phronesis and the Sortes Virgilianae.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 45 (2015): 557–71. Jan M. Ziolkowski and Michael C.J. Putnam, Sortes Vergilianae (Virgilian Lots),” in idem


Sara Chiarini

extraordinary features, with which gods and heroes used to be portrayed in figurative art. The confident tones with which early modern scholars set forth their theses contrasts with the prudence which pervades the attitude of contemporary scholarship, so that statements like that of Gerhard are no longer taken


Pieter B. Hartog

the scholastic tradition as well. Cf. the insightful discussion in Henk Nellen and Karl Enenkel, “Introduction: Neo-Latin Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge,” in Neo-Latin Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (1400–1700) , ed


Christopher Eyre

, pp. 33–62). 17 Any more, for instance, than the use of signature as a criterion for literacy in the early modern world. See, for instance, P.D. M ANUELIAN , ‘Semi-literacy in Egypt: Some Erasures from the Amarna Period’, in: E. T EETER – J.A. L ARSON (eds), Gold of Praise: Studies in Honor of


Molly Swetnam-Burland

some ways because of) its richness, the material evidence presents a number of difficulties to be reckoned with. The study of the sanctuary sites in Roman Italy, for example, is complicated by the fact that many remains derive from secondary contexts or came to light as chance finds during the early