Ancient Curses

ancient cursesAncient Curses ( was a research website which was active between 2015 and 2018.

As of January 2018, the Ancient Curses website ( redirects to the website of its principal researcher, Sarah Veale (York University). Latest research by Sarah on curses and cursing can be found on the News page.

The Ancient Curses website broadly examined curses and the practice of cursing in antiquity. The project covered a large range of material in an attempt to comprehensively survey the subject matter.  Among the sources used in the project were Near Eastern curses, literary curses (from classical and Biblical literature), and materials such as curse tablets and other forms of sympathetic malediction practices.

Designed as a resource for scholars as well as a space to examine the methodological issues involved in the study of cursing, the website contained example curses, links to websites of interest, and a blog. The resources on cursing in antiquity, which were listed on, can now be found at the Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity’s website, ancient