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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks$
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Esther Eidinow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.001.0001

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Business as Usual?

Business as Usual?

(p.191) 10 Business as Usual?
Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Esther Eidinow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on the curses usually described as concerned with business or commercial competition. It questions this categorisation, arguing that across the tablets in this category, commercial detail receives a range of different kinds of attention from the writers of the curses; and that, for a number, the explanation of commercial competition simply does not make sense. It suggests that an explanation that turns on a simple statement about commercial competition cannot adequately explain the contents of them all, and that other explanations (concerning local rivalries) must be considered.

Keywords:   commercial competition, curses, local rivalries

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