Roman Curses

Conference Paper: A Social Demography of Cursing at Mogontiacum

July 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

This post is cross-posted from SarahVeale.com. I am happy to share that my conference paper proposal, “Rogo Te ut Me Vindices: A Social Demography of Cursing at Mogontiacum,” has been accepted to the 2018 Society for Classical Studies (SCS Conference) in Boston! This project builds off of my work on the Mainz curse tablets and seeks to understand cursing patronage at the Sanctuary of Magna Mater and Isis. Because this paper relies heavily on epigraphic and onomastic (the study of names) Read the full post...

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...

Curses at the 6th International ESSWE Conference

February 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Some of you may already be familiar with the ESSWE, aka the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, as well as the thematic network that I am co-director of, the NSEA (Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity). (If you aren’t familiar, do yourself a favour and get acquainted!) In June, the University of Erfurt will be hosting the Sixth International ESSWE Conference. This year’s theme is Western esotericism and deviance. As part of the conference, the NSEA is Read the full post...