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The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous

Christopher A. Faraone and Dirk Obbink


This book looks in detail at a series of forty-four magical verses inscribed on a recently discovered lead tablet from Sicily in the fifth century bc, which is now in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Divided into two sections, the volume consists of a general introduction to the new inscriptions, together with a critical text and English translation, photographs, and drawings. The second section contains a number of interpretative chapters which treat various aspects of the text, including religious and civic context, date and poetic language, transmission, and connections to ancient magic and r ... More

Keywords: Getty Museum, inscriptions, religious context, civic context, poetic language, transmission, ancient magic, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199664108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher A. Faraone, editor
Frank Curtis Springer & Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics, University of Chicago

Dirk Obbink, editor
University Lecturer in Papyrology and Greek Literature and Tutorial Fellow in Greek, Christ Church College, University of Oxford