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A monograph on several curse-tablets owned by Johns Hopkins University including text, translation, and extensive commentaries.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-652-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 365
Publication Date: Sep 23,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 84
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-652-7
$49.00
$29.40

This is William Fox's monograph publishing a series of tabellae defixae or curse-tablets. These lead sheets are inscribed with ritual curse texts and represent magical rituals practiced in ancient Rome. Recent scholarship has developed a renewed interest in such finds, and this monograph provides a useful text of several such tablets: the Plotinus, Avonia, Vesonia, Secunda, Aquillia, and other fragments too damaged to be reconstructed. Included is a description of the finds with pictures of the reconstruction process, texts, translations, and extensive commentaries. This monograph will prove invaluable to those with an interest in ancient ritual and magical practices.

This is William Fox's monograph publishing a series of tabellae defixae or curse-tablets. These lead sheets are inscribed with ritual curse texts and represent magical rituals practiced in ancient Rome. Recent scholarship has developed a renewed interest in such finds, and this monograph provides a useful text of several such tablets: the Plotinus, Avonia, Vesonia, Secunda, Aquillia, and other fragments too damaged to be reconstructed. Included is a description of the finds with pictures of the reconstruction process, texts, translations, and extensive commentaries. This monograph will prove invaluable to those with an interest in ancient ritual and magical practices.

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William Sherwood Fox

  • CONTENTS (page 9)
  • PREFACE (page 10)
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY: GENERAL WORKS (page 11)
  • EXPLANATION OF THE SIGNS EMPLOYED IN THE TEXT AND INDICES (page 15)
  • CHAPTER I: THE Tabellae Defixionum OF THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (page 16)
  • CHAPTER II: TEXT AND ANNOTATION (page 21)
  • COMMENTARY ON PLOTIUS (page 50)
  • CHAPTER III: I Palaeography of the Tablets (page 68)
  • INDICES: I INDEX VERBORUM (page 81)