“Pricking in Virgil”: Early Modern Prophetic Phronesis and the Sortes Virgilianae

This essay explores the early modern reemergence of the sortes Virgilianae, a practice that involves opening a bound copy of Virgil (often with a pin) and finding prophecy in the verse upon which the seeker lands. Examining the accounts of the sortes in antiquity and in the Renaissance, as well as Renaissance writings that explicitly [...]