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‘Curses! Or How to “Nail Down” Your Enemy the Ancient Greek Way’

24 September 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Tuesday 24th September, 7pm – Professor Esther Eidinow

‘Curses! Or How to “Nail Down” Your Enemy the Ancient Greek Way’

This talk will tell you everything you would need to know if you were an ancient Greek who wanted to curse your enemy – from the question of which gods to invoke, to the correct treatment of the dead (in order that they do your bidding), to the range of magical formulae you could employ. The practice of writing curses was widespread across the ancient world, and the talk will also explore some different ancient cultures of cursing, including the famous Bath curse tablets. Esther Eidinow is currently the Chair of Ancient History at the University of Bristol and her research interests focus on religion and magic in the ancient Greek world. All talks will be held at Badminton School, Peace Memorial Hall. Please email Barbara Bell (bmbellmini@aol.com) to register your interest. There are no tickets, and talks are free for Bristol Classical Association members, students, and school pupils. There will be a cost of £5 for visitors. Refreshments available from 6.30pm. The Bristol Classical Association AGM will be on November 12, 2019, 12.30-2.00pm.


24 September 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Badmington School
Westbury Road
Bristol, BS9 3BA United Kingdom
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