PERDITIS INVENTIS or Lost Treasures Found is a unique edition of Petronius’ sultry portrayal of common life in Ancient Rome, the Satyricon. The original Latin text is filtered and then paired with Emojis through a custom computer program. Each of the more than eleven thousand unique words in the story are translated into English through Google Translate. When the translated English word matches a keyword in Apple’s Emoji dictionary, the original Latin word is substituted for its corresponding Emoji. The result is a printed book full of subversions that question the relationship of time and language through technology.
Introduction by Filippo Lorenzin