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Chapter Six. The Texts From The Fons Annae Perennae

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During the later imperial period the fountain was also used as a place to perform, or complete, magic rituals, in this case the binding of named individuals by means of ritual acts and written curses on lead, the wide-spread technique of defixiones. "An Archaeology of Magical Practices" organised in Rome by Christopher Faraone, Marina Piranomonte, who had already managed to read two, offered the chance of studying the remaining Latin texts. The inscriptions in Latin, or mainly in Latin, found in the cistern of the fountain or nymphaeum of Anna Perenna at Rome and a selection of which is presented for the first time here, are very different from one another as regards (a) form, (b) script, (c) language, (d) contents and (e) genre.

Keywords: Anna Perenna; Latin texts; Rome



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