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Latin Twitter Bots

This is a quick post to mention two new Latin literature Twitter bots. I’ll post the technical stuff elsewhere, but if you’d like a little Latin in your Twitter feed, or would like to have your fortune told by Vergil, look no further.

@DistichaCatonis:

The distichs of Cato, tweeted randomly by the hour. These two-line hexameter poems giving moral guidance were long used as a standard text book and were admired by everyone from Erasmus to Ben Franklin.

Example:

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@LotsByVergil:

The Sortes Vergilianae (Vergilian Lots) were reportedly used by Hadrian, among others, and now they can easily be consulted by you on Twitter. Address the bot formally with a colon (e.g., “@LotsByVergil: …”) and he’ll tell you your fortune. It’s up to you to interpret the results.

Example:

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