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The Resource Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world, edited by John G. Gager

Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world, edited by John G. Gager

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Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world
Title
Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world
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edited by John G. Gager
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"I invoke you, holy angels and holy names, join forces with this restraining spell and bind, tie up, block, strike, overthrow, harm, destroy, kill and shatter Eucherios the charioteer and all his horses tomorrow in the arena of Rome. Let the starting-gates not [open] properly. Let him not compete quickly. Let him not pass. Let him not make the turn properly. Let him not receive the honors. Let him not squeeze over and overpower. Let him not come from behind and pass but instead let him collapse, let him be bound, let him be broken up, and let him drag behind your power. Both in the early races and the later ones. Now, now! Quickly, quickly!" "In the ancient world, it was common practice to curse or bind an enemy or rival by writing an incantation, such as the one above, 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 fifth century B.C.E. and the fifth 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 new light on a previously neglected dimension of classical study. Potentially harmful to the entrenched reputations of classical Greece and Rome, as well as Judaism and Christianity, as bastions, respectively, of pure philosophy and true religion, these small tablets provide a fascinating perspective on the times as well as a rare, intimate look at the personal lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans."
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DLC
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Gager, John G
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  • Incantations
  • Blessing and cursing
Label
Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world, edited by John G. Gager
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Competition in theater and circus -- Sex, love, and marriage -- Tongue-tied in court: legal and political disputes -- Businesses, shops, and taverns -- Pleas for justice and revenge -- Miscellaneous tablets -- Antidotes and counterspells -- Testimonies
Control code
24628344
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 278 pages
Isbn
9780195062267
Lccn
91033236
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Curse tablets and binding spells from the ancient world, edited by John G. Gager
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Competition in theater and circus -- Sex, love, and marriage -- Tongue-tied in court: legal and political disputes -- Businesses, shops, and taverns -- Pleas for justice and revenge -- Miscellaneous tablets -- Antidotes and counterspells -- Testimonies
Control code
24628344
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 278 pages
Isbn
9780195062267
Lccn
91033236
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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