Attalus' home page Well, if you don’t have a voodoo doll handy, I have a solution for you — ancient Roman curses. Written in prose. It is too late by now. Unfortunately, they also had an Achilles heel — they were deeply superstitious. Lead plate. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I’ve been eyeing a book called Teach Yourself Babylonian… one of these days, I’ll check it out, might be fun to learn some VERY dead language. Processional Hymn? Apparently bathhouse thefts were rampant, and poor Docimedis lost his favorite gloves while taking a soak. Help us, Marmor! In Latin: Sosio de Eumolpo mimo ne enituisse poteat.   |   25.02.16 [xiv] Very many do I help. The records of a meeting of the brethren in that year. (ii) A small bronze plate found in a sepulchre at Cumae. And looking up dirty words is one of the first things students of any language always do, I think , Pingback: Quindici mesi, ventitré ebook | strategie evolutive, Pingback: Shadufs, prodigal sons, cuckolds and other anachronisms | Karavansara. [x] I command it, and if he does it for him, he will be glad for ever. [iii] She who was barren will bear a child. Lucius Harines, son of Herius Maturus, Gaius Eburius, Pomponius, Marcus Caedicius son of Marcus, Numerius Andripius, son of Numerius. Send, I pray, someone to call up the three-headed dog with request that he may tear out Plotius' heart. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Wikipedia has a nice selection of Latin bad words… I love confusing my friends with Ancient Greek swear words, but sometimes it backfires. [iii] If you are wise, about uncertainty beware lest things become certain. help us, you Household Gods! Be full satisfied, fierce Mars. So, how does one go about making his female character say “F*ck!” a lot, but with class and elegance? If the curse worked, a god or goddess would grant them the favor of enacting torture, death, or destruction on a still-living foe back in the land of the living. Oh! The ancient Romans were good at many things — engineering, warfare, politics, finding new and ingenious ways to murder their friends and family. Translation: “Entangle the nets of Vincenzus Zarizo, may he be unable to chain bears, may he lose with every bear, may he be unable to kill a bear on Wednesday, in any hour, now, now, quickly, quickly, make it happen!”. I don’t know if it includes a section on swear words, though . Translation: “Entangle the nets of Vincenzus Zarizo, may he be unable to chain bears, may he lose with every bear, may he be unable to kill a bear on Wednesday, in any hour, now, now, quickly, quickly, make it happen!” Halt! And yes, I’m going through an Elizabethan phase too – and have been these past twenty years . of the whole lot of them stand upright! First century B.C., not later than about the year 40. Marble tablet of A.D. 218 found at Rome. [xii] We are not the liars you said. May the . Bound, bound, and bound again, bound and bound again! Oh! And since people haven’t changed all that much in the past two or three thousand years, there’s a good chance that ancient Roman revenge is still useful today. In Latin: Inplicate lacinia Vincentzo Tzaritzoni, ut urssos ligare non possit, omni urssum perdat, non occidere possit in die Merccuri in omni ora iam iam, cito cito, facite!. So it might not be so applicable to modern life, unless your sworn enemy works at a zoo or, like, Yellowstone. Should there so exist any written curse, great or small - in what manner Plotius has, according to the laws of magic, composed any curse and entrusted it to writing, in such manner I consign and hand him over to thee, so that you may consign and hand over that fellow, in the month of February. Leap the threshold! Greek had a lot of swearing words – often related to sex. 25 June 2014 by Davide Mana 8 Comments. Here are 5 handy Roman curses to use on your enemies. Interpretation of the names, etc., is not certain. . In Latin: Inplicate lacinia Vincentzo Tzaritzoni, ut urssos ligare non possit, omni urssum perdat, non occidere possit in die Merccuri in omni ora iam iam, cito cito, facite! and you shall always escape from it. Summoned to Hell's court: Naevia Secunda, freedwoman of Lucius, or whatever other name she goes by. Beat the ground! You have death far from you. Also, the fact that the worst of the punishment was reserved for a female culprit highlights the long-ago roots of patriarchy and misogyny in society. Our skimmable newsletter is delivered to your inbox each week, giving you 5 things you need to read and get smarter. [i] Why do you now seek my advice? Consign him to Pluto thy husband. They’ll never see it coming, unless they’re a Roman historian. Help us, Marmor! By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. Some pretty strange ones, too, and funny. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! SWEAR WORDS & INSULTS: “Es stultior asino” – You are dumber than an a**. It’s a tool, just like any other. (iii) A curse by enchantment. Proserpina Salvia, I give you Plotius' nostrils, lips, ears, nose, and his tongue and teeth so that Plotius may not be able to utter what it is that gives him pain; his neck, shoulders, arms, fingers, so that he may not be able to help himself at all; his chest, liver, heart, lungs, so that he may not be able to feet what gives him pain; his abdomen, belly, navel, sides so that he may not be able to sleep: his shoulder-blades, so that he may not be able to sleep well; his sacred part, so that he may not be able to make water; his buttocks, vent, thighs, knees, legs, shins, feet, ankles, soles, toes, nails, that he may not be able to stand by his own aid. You ask advice like a fool. curse.   |   Leap the threshold! I’d say something like “go to the crows!” and they’d think I insulted them and… Well, it’s like explaining a joke – all the fun is deflated when it’s no longer a mystery. First century B.C.? In Latin: Qui mihi Vilbiam involavit sic liquat comodo aqua. [xvii] Why do you seek advice after the occasion? imprecatio, inprecatio. . Consign that man to the fourth-day, the third-day, the every-day fever. [xi] Seek you joyfully and willingly, and you will be glad for ever, because of what shall be given. [viii] Many men are liars. By turns address you all the Gods of Sowing. detesto, detestor. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), How to be a pulp hero for less than 100 bucks, Quindici mesi, ventitré ebook | strategie evolutive, Shadufs, prodigal sons, cuckolds and other anachronisms | Karavansara, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. And boy is there a terrific catalog! (i) A round tablet of lead found apparently at Cumae. Oh! So, back when I was writing Bride of the Swamp God I said to myself, what if Amunet curses in Greek or in Latin? For instance – in my Aculeo and Amunet stories, Amunet tends to be pretty sharp-tongued. And let not bane and bale, O Marmar, assail more folk. Halt! Now, the Aculeo & Amunet stories take place at the tail end of the Classic Era – my characters are probably talking to each other in Greek, sometimes switching to Latin*. So I consign him as victim to thee, Proserpina, unless o Proserpina, unless I ought to call thee Goddess of the Lower World. O Proserpina Salvia, I give you Plotius' forehead. Help us, you Household Gods! It would not be different from what Joss Whedon did in Firefly – his character cursing and swearing in Chinese. All these, Proserpina Salvia, will I give you when you have made me master of my wish. [xv] After all your hopes have fallen do you really ask my advice? Similar phrases in dictionary English Latin. The numbers in red refer to the Latin text in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum. When I have helped, no one thanks me. Categories: Aculeo & Amunet | Tags: Aculeo & Amunet, Greek, Greek language, Joss Whedon, Latin, profanities, Roman | Permalink. This is where the fun part begins. By turns address you all the Gods of Sowing. Then the priests, the doors being closed, girt up their robes, took the books, and dividing up danced and sang a song to the following words: Oh! Be full satisfied, fierce Mars. You could use it metaphorically, though, because everyone has a theoretical bear they need to chain every once in awhile. Blast him! What you ask does not exist. May she who has so obscenely devoured her be struck dumb.”. May their breath be dry! On the plus side, that superstitiousness came the proliferation of some super fun curses. Even people disappeared from Roman baths, apparently, and this curse asks that the person who stold Vilbia (lover, wife, slave…no way to tell) be struck dumb and also be liquid(?). Now, I’m no fan of gratuitous profanity, and yet as everything else in a story, profanity too can be used to define a character, to underscore a scene or situation. In Latin: Humanum quis sustulit Verionis palliolum sive res illius, qui illius minus fecit, ut illius mentes, memorias deiectas sive mulierem sive eas, cuius Verionis res minus fecit, ut illius manus, caput, pedes vermes, cancer, vermitudo interet, membra medullas illius interet, Translation: “The human who stole Verio’s cloak or his things, who deprived him of his property, may he be bereft of his mind and memory, be it a woman or those who deprived Verio of his property, may the worms, cancer, and maggots penetrate his hands, head, feet, as well as his limbs and marrows.”. It has metrical groups, including Saturnian rhythms. By turns address you all the Gods of Sowing. Don't believe them. [ix] An untrustworthy foe will arise from a trustworthy man, unless you take care. . Now at the Johns Hopkins University. As someone going through an Elizabethan phase, I can relate very much to the joys of period swearing… Back in Old Bess’ time, they swore with inventive and picturesque gusto – and I agree: it makes for great fun when writing dialogue. Oh! Beat the ground! . She’s nasty, arrogant, and swears a lot – especially in the earlier stories. Help us, Marmor! And it’s actually easier to find Latin swear-words and phrases than Greek ones. Ell[…] muta qui eam involavit, Translation: “May the person who carried off Vilbia from me become liquid as the water. This curse was aimed at a gladiator who, unsurprisingly, fought bears. ( Log Out /  Proserpina Salvia, I give you Plotius' eyebrows, Proserpina Salvia, I give you Plotius' eyelids. Paleontologist. Don't be a fool. ( Log Out /  May they wrestle and wrestle it out with him, overcome and overwhelm him unceasingly until they tear away his life. damn him I blast him utterly! But my stories of course are written in English. “Te futueo et caballum tuum” – Screw you and the horse you rode in on.

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