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Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager
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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.
Oxford University Press; October 1999
296 pages; ISBN 9780199881185
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Title: Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World
Author: John G. Gager
 
ISBNs
0195350626
9780195134827
9780195350623
9780199881185