Arae: The Curse Poetry of Antiquity [Hardback]

Lindsay Watson (Author)

ISBN: 9780905205755 | Published by: Francis Cairns (Publications) Ltd | Series: ARCA, Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs | Volume: 26 | Year of Publication: 1991 | Language: English 263p, viii + 263 pages



A fundamental study of curses from a literary point of view. First the author differentiates the various types of curses found in ancient poetry; this is followed by a chronological examination of the curses, from archaic and classical Greece to Hellenistic and Roman times. The rich Hellenistic material is treated in particular detail, by placing it in its literary context and in relation to defixiones .

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