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Is the Aeneid a Celebration of Empireor a Critique? | The New Yorker The New Yorker The New Yorker

Since the end of the first century A.D., people have been playing a game with a certain book. In this game, you open the book to a random spot and place your finger on the text; the passage you select will, it is thought, predict your future. If this sounds silly, the results suggest otherwise. The first person known to have played the game was a highborn Roman who was fretting about whether hed be chosen to follow his cousin, the emperor Trajan, on the throne; after opening the book to this passage