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There are also the 'erudite classical latin verses of wisdom
and morality' taken from Ovid, Seneca, Horace and Plautus that
appeared on the later 16th century cards of Wechel:

"The Wechel deck printed it in 1544 of 52 cards, is divided into four
suits each devoted to one of four classical authors, Ovid, Seneca,
Horace and Plautus respectively, who are the Kings in the deck. The
Queens are four Muses, and the Jacks are four generic "students". The
pips consist of an image of the suit sign, and a "sentence" or short
verse of wisdom in erudite classical latin author of the suit."
[Description of deck courtesy of Ross].

Another 16th century cards of similar genre was published as pages in
a book and accompanied by moral sayings in German and Latin:

Such I think, like emblemata, may well be used or suggest a bibliomantic type usage. The use of sententia was common in the teaching of Latin [as in the dystichs of Cato].

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