Curses, Healing, and Devotion: Roman Britain Through Its Spiritual Legacy
Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Owen Ewald
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Rebecca Hughes
Britannia, curse tablets, Bethesda, Ely
This paper explores the spiritual history and legacy of Roman Britain, connecting the larger Roman world and medieval Christianity. The first section connects the context of John’s “Healing at the Pool” account to healing cults and the use of water in Greco-Roman worship. The next is devoted to studying the defixiones (curse tablets) of Aquae Sulis in Bath, their existence as well as their use of the Latin language as they shed light on religious lives of people in the Roman province of Britannia. Finally, I will connect my own life and faith journey to this research through a study of Æthelthryth’s site at Ely. An expanded edition is expected to be completed by Autumn 2020.
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Rosko, Anna J., "Curses, Healing, and Devotion: Roman Britain Through Its Spiritual Legacy" (2020). Honors Projects. 138.