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Oaths, Curses
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Oaths and curses are interrelated verbal acts of human communication with the divine. Curses are requests to a supernatural force that evil may befall another. Oaths are promises or assertions guaranteed by invoking the gods and calling upon oneself an explicit or implicit self-curse. The underlying belief in the punitive powers of the gods differentiates the oath from mere promise or asser…

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Kyriaki Konstantinidou, “Oaths, Curses”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000258>
First published online: 2013

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