previous next
sortĭor , ītus, 4,
I.v. dep. n. and a. [sors].
I. Neutr., to cast or draw lots: “coniciam sortes in sitellam et sortiar Tibi et Chalino,Plaut. Cas. 2, 5, 34: “cum praetores designati sortirentur et M. Metello obtigisset, ut is de pecuniis repetundis quaereret,drew lots for the judges, appointed the judges by lot, Cic. Verr. 1, 8, 21; Quint. 3, 10, 1: consules comparare inter se aut sortiri jussi, to draw lots for the provinces, Liv. 38, 35, 9: “sortiti nocte singuli per ordinem intrārunt,Quint. 4, 2, 72: “dum legiones de ordine agminis sortiuntur,Tac. H. 2, 41: “de altero consulatu,Suet. Claud. 7.—Hence, Sor-tĭentes , The Lot-drawers (a transl. of the Gr. Κληρούμενοι), the name of a comedy by Diphilus, Plaut. Cas. prol. 32.—
II. Act., to draw or cast lots for, to fix, assign, or appoint by lot, to allot; also esp. in the perfect tenses, to obtain or receive by lot (freq. and class.).
B. Transf. (mostly poet. and not ante-Aug.).
1. To share, divide, distribute: “pariter laborem Sortiti,shared the labor, Verg. A. 8, 445: “vices,id. ib. 3, 634: “periculum,id. ib. 9, 174.—
2. To choose, select: “subolem armento sortire quot annis,Verg. G. 3, 71: “fortunam (i.e. locum) oculis,id. A. 12, 920: “matrimonium,Just. 26, 3, 8.—
3. In gen., to obtain, receive a thing (mostly in the tempp. perff.; not ante-Aug.): “Tectosagi mediterranea Asiae sortiti sunt,Liv. 38, 16: “si emancipatus uxore ducta filium fuerit sortitus,Dig. 37, 4, 3, § 5: “gens Claudia regnum in plebem sortita,Liv. 3, 58: “amicum,Hor. S. 1, 6, 53; 2, 6, 94; id. A. P. 92: “si Maeonium vatem sortita fuisses,Ov. Tr. 1, 6, 21; id. M. 2, 241; 3, 124; 11, 758; Suet. Aug. 99 al.: “quidam sortiti metuentem sabbata patrem,Juv. 14, 96: “venerabile ingenium,id. 15, 144: “fata tam tristia,Sen. Phoen. 245: “reliqua rerum tuarum post te alium atque alium dominum sortientur,Plin. Ep. 1, 3, 4 Döring ad loc.—Pass. part. sortitus, v. sortio fin.Adv.: sortītō , by lot: “sacerdotem sortito capere,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 51, § 126; S. C. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 8, 8; Suet. Aug. 30; 47.— Transf., by fate, by destiny (= sorte, or lege naturae): “tibi sortito id obtigit,Plaut. Merc. 1, 2, 25; Hor. Epod. 4, 1.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: