John G. Gager's Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World PDF

By John G. Gager

ISBN-10: 0195062264

ISBN-13: 9780195062267

ISBN-10: 0195134826

ISBN-13: 9780195134827

within the historic Greco-Roman international, it used to be universal perform to curse or bind an enemy or rival by way of writing an incantation on a pill and dedicating it to a god or spirit. those curses or binding spells, typically known as defixiones have been meant to carry other folks lower than the facility and regulate of these who commissioned them. greater than 1000 such texts, written among the fifth Century B.C.E. and the fifth Century C.E., were chanced on from North Africa to England, and from Syria to Spain. Extending into each point of old life--athletic and theatrical competitions, judicial complaints, amorous affairs, enterprise rivalries, and the restoration of stolen property--they make clear a brand new size of classical research formerly inaccessible. right here, for the 1st time, those texts were translated into English with a considerable translator's creation revealing the cultural, social, and old context for the texts. This booklet will curiosity historians, classicists, students of faith, and people thinking about historical magic.

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