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Inversion, Adversion And Perversion As Strategies In Latin Curse-Tablets

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In this chapter, the author finds a similar inversion in a Latin text from Favianae in Noricum published by Rudolf Egger. This very odd inscription, which has been thought to be a love charm, is perhaps another 'prayer for justice'. Greek loan words in Latin curse-tablets are not frequent and the cases that do occur are usually of words that survive in the Romance languages. A good parallel is the verb gyrare, 'circle around', that appears in some curse-tablets against charioteers and still exists in modern Italian. The analogy-formulas on the German curse-tablets often work simultaneously on two semantic levels, with a compound form of versum referring concretely to the ritual manipulation of the text itself, but also figuratively to the desired effects on the victim.

Keywords: Greek loan words; Latin curse-tablets; gyrare

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