Curse Tablets and Binding Spells From the Ancient WorldeBook - 1992
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.
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1992
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 278 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Curse tablets and binding spells from antiquity and the ancient world