Cursing not Just the Body. Some Remarks on a defixio from Nomentum in the Light of the Role of Female Public Slaves in the Roman World*



Rok publikování 2019
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Epigraphica: Periodico internazionale di epigrafia
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Filozofická fakulta

Klíčová slova curse tablets; defixio; Nomentum; anatomical curse; Rufa publica; public slaves
Popis An opisthographic lead tablet from Nomentum, dated to the first half of the 1st century CE, contains two anatomical curses against a man (side A) and a female public slave (side B). Whilst the curse against the man aimed to affect not only some parts of his body, but also his social and economic status, the one against the woman describes in detail only pieces of her body, with particular emphasis to her abdomen and genitals. The first section of the paper aims to provide the status quaestionis of the study of this curse tablet, with particular regard to the epigraphic and linguistic aspects of the text. The second section sets out to offer a general overview of the role of female public slaves in the Roman world, which may allow a better contextualization of the meaning of the curse on side B.
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