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LACHESIS 100.00%
One of the three goddesses of fate. (See MCERAe.)
PARCAE 87.87%
The Italian goddesses of Fate. (Cp. MCERAe.
SORTES 19.92%
Small tablets used for augury in different parts of Italy especially in the temple of Fortuna at Praeneste [Cicero, De Divin. ii 41 § 86]. They were of oak or bronze, with some saying engraved upon them, and were shuffled and drawn by a boy. Seventeen such sayings (four in the original bronze, and the rest copies) are still preserved. They are known as the sortes Proenestioe, but they appear to have really belonged to tite oracle of Geryon at Patavium (Padua). The same name was given (1) to passages of some book used to foretell events, the method being to open the book at random, for which purpose Christians used the Bible; or (2) to lines of poetry, especially of Vergil, written on leaves, and drawn at haphazard. [Sortes Vergiliance are mentioned in Spartianus, Hadrian 2, and alluded to in Lampridius, Alex. Severus 14.-In the out given under MCERAe, Lachesis is holding three sortes.]
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