Ancient Curses is compiled by Sarah Veale (University of Toronto) as part of a directed research project undertaken in 2014 at York University (Toronto, Canada). This project builds upon a course developed by Tony Burke, Professor of Religious Studies at the aforementioned institution. At the most basic level, the website acts as a repository for sources and ideas gathered during research. Nevertheless, it is hoped that, as the data are collected, Ancient Curses will become a general resource about curses, curse tablets, and related miscellany in the ancient world.


sarah-veale-ancient-cursesSarah Veale is an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion, where she researches Greco-Roman religion. She is particularly interested in practices which are unmediated by traditional religious authorities and structures. Her current work seeks to challenge existing models of religiosity in antiquity through the lens of Roman-era Dionysiac cult.

Prior to graduate work, Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude from York University with an honours bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Classical Studies (double major). She is also the co-director of the Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity, an ESSWE thematic network which links scholars of esotericism in the ancient world. Her first peer-reviewed journal article, on Orientalism in Iamblichus’ On The Mysteries, was recently published in Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies.

You can contact her by sending an email to sarah@ancientcurses.com.