Medea in The Argonautica The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes was written during the 3rd century BCE and tells the story of Medea, who fell in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, and helped him obtain the Golden Fleece. She was known as a sorceress and was able to use her magic to fight a monster called Talos, a bronze giant who tossed large rocks at them. … [Read more...]
Greco-Roman Mythology refers to the extensive stories about ancient Greek and Roman gods, goddesses, heroes and mythical creatures. Read articles about Greco-Roman Mythology below.
Voodoo dolls Voodoo dolls (or kolossoi as the Greeks called them) were also quite popular in the Greco-Roman world. C.A. Faraone, in his survey of all known voodoo dolls, set specific criteria - the dolls must meet at least 2 of the following criteria to be included: (1) the doll's arms or legs are twisted behind its back as if bound (2) the doll is transfixed with nails … [Read more...]
Circe in the Odyssey The Odyssey was most likely composed in the 8th century BCE about the Heroic age of the 2nd millennium BCE, meaning Homer wrote about events that were 500 years before his time. He based his tale on oral traditions - the myths, folk tales and legends - that were circulating at the time. … [Read more...]
If you've read any of the other postings about voodoo dolls or curse tablets, you may be wondering, did it 'work'? The most common explanation is that yes, it did 'work,' but it worked through shared belief - the spell caster believed the spell would work on the victim, while the victim feared that the spell would come true. As the victim became more paranoid, he/she … [Read more...]
Description of a Curse Tablet In the Greco-Roman world, we find a number of curse tablets and voodoo dolls. D.R. Jordan describes the curse tablets in his archaeological survey as follows: Defixiones, more commonly known as curse tablets, are inscribed pieces of lead, usually in the form of small, thin sheets, intended to influence, by supernatural means, the actions or … [Read more...]