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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.
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.
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.