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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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Love and Curses

Love and Curses

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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Esther Eidinow (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines a group of curses that are concerned with hindering or encouraging the appetites of both genders for intimate relationships. At least two of the eight tablets discussed here were certainly written by women and it is possible that others were as well. After examining extant treatments of this category of curses, the chapter briefly considers the historical context and possible circumstances for the creation of relationship curses. It argues for the importance of reading these curses without making assumptions about the nature of the relationships involved, and suggests that, in turn, these texts may provide insights into changes over time in ancient gender relations.

Keywords:   love, intimate relationships, curses

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