Item #69404 Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World. John G. - GAGER.

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World.

New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. First Oxford Paperbook Edition. Softcover. Octavo. xvi + 278pp. Deep blue covers gold titling. B&w illustrations, glossary, index. A study of "defixiones" or "katadesmoi" - the "curse stones" of the ancient world. As the author shows, it was a common practice in the ancient world to attempt to curse or gain power over others by writing a spell or incantation on a tablet and dedicating it to a god or spirit. Examples of such stones have been found from Britain, through Europe, and into North Africa. Despite their broad spread, they have been largely overlooked by scholars, and this is the first extensive survey of the stones and their uses. Just a hint of rubbing to the covers, otherwise a tight clean near-Fine copy. Item #69404
ISBN: 9780195134827

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