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All the offerings from recovered from the spring at Aquae Sulis have been blessings and praises for the gods.
True: As the fountain was a sacred place, only blessings were allowed
True: Any curses were destroyed by the priests before they could take effect.
False: Many of the offerings dedicated people to the gods of the underworld
False: There were no offering recovered from the spring at Aquae Sulis.
Curse were always written on paper.
False: Usually curses were written on lead or pewter.
False: One would never write down a curse for fear of being caught
False: Curses would be carved into the gravestone of the person who was the desired target.
A defixio was:
The name of a sacred spring
A curse tablet
A god of the underworld
A cursed person
The method of putting a curse on someone followed a general formula.
True: Although there was some variation, the same information would be needed each time.
True: Every curse tablet is exactly the same.
False: curses varied widely; some don't even have the name of the person to be cursed!
False: If a curse was similar to another curse, it would not work.
If the offender was unknown, the curse tablet would provide a list of suspects.
False: If the offender was not known, the curse would not work.
False: An offender would never be named.
False: It was far more important for the writer of a curse tablet to include his own name.
Which of the following was a place that a curse tablet might be left? (Check all which apply)
Thrown into a well or Spring
Fastened to a tomb
Attached to the offender's own door.
Placed under the writer's pillow, so that the gods could find it.
Over 100, 000 curse tablets have been found in the spring at Aquae Sulis.
False: No curse tablets were found in the spring at Aquae Sulis
False: around 90 tablets have been found in the spring at Aquae Sulis
False: Over 100, 000 curse tablets have been found in Britain
Which of the following was a way a curser might try to increase the mystery of the cursing process. (check all which apply)
Writing the curse backwards
Writing the offender's name on the outside of the curse tablet
Writing a simple curse, starting with "I dedicate"
Writing nonsense words
Which of the following are Roman superstitions? (Check all that apply)
avoiding certain days to marry
crossing the threshold with the right foot
Avoiding seeing a black cat on festival days
Staying home after a bad dream.