bibliomancy

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bib·li·o·man·cy

 (bĭb′lē-ə-măn′sē)
n. pl. bib·li·o·man·cies
Divination by interpretation of a passage chosen at random from a book, especially the Bible.

bibliomancy

(ˈbɪblɪəʊˌmænsɪ)
n
(Bible) prediction of the future by interpreting a passage chosen at random from a book, esp the Bible

bibliomancy

a form of divination using books or the Bible in which passages are chosen at random and the future foretold from them.
See also: Divination
a form of divination using books, especially the Bible, in which passages are chosen at random and the future foretold from them.
See also: Bible, Books

bibliomancy

A form of sortilege which in this case is divination from books and which includes rhapsodomancy. It is also called stichomancy.
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The sortes Virgilianae is an old form of do-it-yourself divination: you open the Aeneid at random, put a finger on a verse, and therein find wisdom or solace tailored to your troubles.
s focus is on the intellectuals, writers, and politicians of the period between the two World Wars and the ways in which their readings of Virgil configured their anxieties, aspirations, fantasies: 'Virgil's texts, almost like the sortes Virgilianae of the Middle Ages, became a mirror in which every reader found what he wished: populism or elitism, fascism or democracy, commitment or escapism' (p.
Far more than a sortes virgilianae, Theodore Ziolkowski's study Virgil and the Moderns provides an overview of Virgil's importance most specifically to intellectual activity between the two world wars.