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    DescriptionIn the ancient Graeco-Roman world, it was a common practice to curse an enemy or rival by writing an incantation on a tablet and dedicating it to a god or spirit. More than a thousand such texts, written between the fifth century BC and the fifth century AD, have been discovered in places ranging from North Africa to England, and from Syria to Spain. Until now, however, there has been no English translation of these tablets and indeed the texts themselves have remained virtually unknown. This volume makes these fascinating texts available for the first time. A substantial introduction supplies the full cultural, social, and historical context for the texts. The selected translations, arranged thematically, are fully annotated and accompanied by extensive commentary. Reflecting a wide range of social occasions, including lawsuits, love affairs, business competition, and horse-races, the tablets open a window into the hearts and minds of ordinary people, shedding light on a dimension of classical society in which historians today are increasingly interested.


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    Title
    Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John G. Gager
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 358 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195134827
    ISBN 10: 0195134826
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24750
    BISAC V2.8: REL055000
    DC21: 133.44
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: OP
    Libri: I-OP
    DC22: 133.44
    BIC subject category V2: HRQX
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A33740000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, OCC028000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, QRYX, NHC, QRS
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    halftones, line figures
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    28 October 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    This welcome reprint in paperback format will make the study more widely available Journal for the Study of the Old Testament