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IJSSH 2023 Vol.13(1): 6-12
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2023.V13.1111

Roman Curse Tablets from the Baths: Manuscripts forMagic, Ritual, and Religion

Fahimeh Rahravan

Abstract—The Roman Baths in the City of Bath World Heritage Site in the United Kingdom is the origin of the well-preserved remains of one of the outstanding religious spas of antiquity and the greatest healing shrine of Roman Britain.
The Roman curse tablets represent personal and private prayers inscribed on sheets of lead or lead-alloy and cast into the sacred spring of Aquae Sulis at the Roman baths complex in the city of Bath, United Kingdom.
The tablets range in date from the 2nd to the late 4th century AD and in script from Roman Capital Letters, Old Roman Cursive, and New Roman Cursive. The Roman Curse Tablets were discovered in the late 1970s.
This study seeks to briefly review the history, content, material and technique, and application of some of these tablets with a glance over the mythology.

Index Terms—Aquae sulis, bath curse tablets, defixiones, roman curse tablets, roman palaeography, tabellae sulis.

Fahimeh Rahravan is an independent researcher from the United States.

*Correspondence: fahimehrahravan@gmail.com


Cite: Fahimeh Rahravan, "Roman Curse Tablets from the Baths: Manuscripts forMagic, Ritual, and Religion" International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 6-12, 2023.

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