Dionysophōntos Gamoi: Marital Life and Magic in Fourth Century Pella
This study deals with an intriguing recent find from Pella, a lead tablet with a magical spell inscribed on it. The object itself is by no means uncommon in classical antiquity: it belongs to a well-known and widespread category of finds, documented in most regions of the ancient world and covering a very broad period, from the early 5th cent. BC to late antiquity. Besides being the first "curse tablet" discovered in Macedonia, the new text from Pella is very important because of its relatively early date, before the middle of the 4th century BC. It also presents the particular interest of being the first text from this region written in dialectical Greek. Furthermore, it is unusual among similar documents in that it describes at some length the intention and expectations of its author, and provides information on the situation from which it has arisen.
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4th cent adjective Aischylos Amsterdam ancient Greek Ancient Macedonia antiquity appears Athenian Athens attested Attic Audollent Berlin binding spell Bolkestein Bravo classical commentary context cult curse tablet D. R. Jordan daimones dead defigens defixiones Dionysophon discussion divine Doric Dubois Enodia evidence example expression fact Faraone Fluchtafeln formula goddess gods Gottesndhe Graf grave Greece Greek dialects Greek Magic griechischen Hecate Hellenistic Hera hetaira infra inscriptions interpretation kcci Kerameikos language lead tablet love charms Macron Magic and Religion magical papyri magician marriage married meaning Neaira nether world Northwest Greek Oxford Paris Pella Phila Plato powers prayer Preisendanz priestess probably Pyrrhos recent religion slave status suggests supra supra n tablet from Pella text from Pella Thessalie Thessaloniki Thetima Timarete transl verb Versnel Voutiras wife Wiinsch woman women word written xeXoc yduoc Zeus