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usually engraved on lead tablets, aimed at cursing adversaries and subjecting them to the will of the practitioner. The curse could be put to use for a variety of purposes – from judicial to amorous, competitive or economic. The tabellae

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Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Patricia A. Johnston
Attilo Mastrocinque

divination that refer, with their own forms, to the culture spread in the Roman empire. Among the most significant documents, there are the tabellae defixionum , some epigraphic texts widely documented in the Roman world, and even earlier in the Punic world

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, Diachronic and Cross-linguistic Perspectives . Amsterdam 2017, 147–170, 155. 2 See URBANOVÁ, D. – CUZZOLIN, P.: Some Linguistic and Pragmatic Remarks on the tabellae defixionum. Journal of Latin Linguistics 15.2 (2016) 313–345. 3 HALL, CH. J.: Prefixation

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nightmare by the underworld goddess Hecate. 58 Only in the final phase did a rather sporadic blending of the Erinyes with the soul of the murdered emerge. 59 Curse tablets ( tabellae defixionum ) also reflect this change in the status and the power of the

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