Curse Tablets
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Abstract

Curse tablets are thin lead plaques etched with tiny letters and meant to unleash supernatural forces against one’s foes.

Curse tablets (Greek katádesmoi) are thin lead plaques etched with tiny letters (Epigraphy) and meant to unleash supernatural forces against one’s foes. The oldest tablets (late 6th c. BCE) were produced in Sicily, but, as the practice spread rapidly, they became particularly popular in Athens, especially in the 4th and 3rd c. BCE. In late Hellenistic and early Roman times, they seem to h…

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Jaime Curbera, “Curse Tablets”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 23 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000030>
First published online: 2013



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