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.
... editions are readily available, along with more recent catalogues and inventories (for example, SGD for Greek tablets and Solin for the Latin ones).
Translated into Latin, it was known as the Picatrix. This elaborate treatise on celestial powers and their practical application develops a theory of ...
On Latin tablets, the most common names are the Manes (spirits of deceased ancestors), Jupiter, Pluto (the Greek Hades), Nemesis, Mercury (the Greek Hermes) ...
An early student of Greek and Latin defixiones concludes from his examination of six biblical curses (Judges 17:1–2; ...
Still, they did not disappear without a trace, not even in the Latin West. First, a little-known set of Latin prayers, known as loricae (from the Latin for ...
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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