Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World
In the ancient Greco-Roman world, it was common practice to curse or bind an enemy or rival by writing an incantation on a tablet and dedicating it to a god or spirit. These curses or binding spells, commonly called defixiones were intended to bring other people under the power and control of those who commissioned them. More than a thousand such texts, written between the 5th Century B.C.E. and the 5th Century C.E., have been discovered from North Africa to England, and from Syria to Spain. Extending into every aspect of ancient life--athletic and theatrical competitions, judicial proceedings, love affairs, business rivalries, and the recovery of stolen property--they shed light on a new dimension of classical study previously inaccessible. Here, for the first time, these texts have been translated into English with a substantial translator's introduction revealing the cultural, social, and historical context for the texts. This book will interest historians, classicists, scholars of religion, and those concerned with ancient magic.
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Klasse (Berlin, 1935): 1022–50 Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik An
asterisk indicates voces mysticae discussed in the glossary. All non-standard
words or terms, that is, the voces mysticae, have been printed in upper case.
More significantly, they appear in at least one lead amulet from the Hellenistic
period and thus clearly establish the use of “mystical” terms (voces mysticae)
long before their widespread circulation from the first century C.E. onward.” This
For example, the earlier ephesia grammata continue to appear in the later texts”
and may now be regarded as forerunners of the more elaborate voces mysticae
so characteristic of them. Indeed, already on the early Hellenistic amulet from ...
5. names ending in -él and -óth, clearly built on Jewish and Hebrew models; 6,
voces mysticae—words not immediately recognizable as Greek, Hebrew, or any
other language in common use at the time; 7, recurrent formulas (called logoi in ...
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I found this book both informative and interesting. Only in the last decade or so have scholars started to seriously study the magic, superstitions, sorcery, etc of the ancient world as a guide to how ... Ler resenha completa
1 Competition in Theater and Circus
2 Sex Love and Marriage
Legal and Political Disputes
4 Businesses Shops and Taverns
5 Pleas for Justice and Revenge
6 Miscellaneous Tablets
7 Antidotes and Counterspells
Glossary of Uncommon Words