Roman Britain             

Stage 22                   Magic and Curses

Read the information in your folder for this stage, then try these questions

 

 

1.    What is a “defixio”?

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2.    What was the method for putting a curse on someone?

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Write out the translation of this defixio:

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3.   
Why did the woman called Basilia make a defixio?

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 Here is the Vilbia curse. What does it say?

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5.    In what different ways were curses made more mysterious and powerful?  Use this picture and the other curses you have read about to illustrate your point.