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Chapter Eleven. Execrating The Roman Power: Three Defixiones From Emporiae (Ampurias)

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The Latin forms of the names of the two civitates of the area, Indicetani and Olossitani, may indicate that the occasion was the new situation arising from the ius Latii decreed by Vespasian. The most widely-accepted scenario is that the Indicetani, and the Roman authorities, are being cursed by the Olossitani, represented by their advocate, Sempronius Campanus. The corpus of defixiones iudiciariae includes 67 Greek and 46 Latin examples, and from what we currently know, tablets of this type were placed - mostly in tombs - during the preliminaries of preparing a lawsuit. The practice clearly shows the emotional - or not strictly legal - dimension of lawsuits, which were of course heard in public, in some cases at least before a large audience. In 20 CE Germanicus died in Antioch under mysterious circumstances.

Keywords: Germanicus episode; Roman power

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