Ancient Curses Project

Forthcoming Publication: Defixiones and the Temple Locus: The Power of Place in the Curse Tablets at Mainz

July 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

This post is cross-posted from SarahVeale.com. I am happy to announce that my paper, “Defixiones and the Temple Locus: The Power of Place in the Curse Tablets at Mainz,” has been accepted for publication in the journal Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft (University of Pennsylvania Press)! This paper is a direct result of a research project on cursing in antiquity that I undertook in 2014-2015.  This project looked at curses located in temple sites and what that might mean for understanding Read the full post...

ESSWE6 Conference Wrap-Up

July 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

This post is cross-posted from SarahVeale.com. As many of you know, the ESSWE conference is held every two years. Having attended the one in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2013, I was excited to attend this year’s conference in Erfurt (Germany). I was doubly thrilled as I co-organized two panels on esotericism in antiquity with Dylan M. Burns (Freie Universität Berlin) and I presented a paper at the conference. The conference was organized by Bernd-Christian Otto of the University of Erfurt. Rather Read the full post...

Ancient Curses Research Project: An Honourable Mention

December 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Last year I undertook an independent research project on curses with Tony Burke at York University. While the course itself included curses from many different genres (Roman curse tablets? Yep. Biblical curses? Those too!), my major research project focused on Roman-era curse tablets, specifically those found in holy sites. This paper was submitted to the York University Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Sciences essay competition. The LAPS consists of 25,000 students, and recognizes Read the full post...