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    Sanctuary Influence in Classical Representations of Incubation: The Motif of the Witness Awake
    (Phoenix, a Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, 2016) Barrenechea, Francisco
    Classical representations of the miracle cures of Asclepius reflect a model influenced by the agenda of his sanctuaries, particularly in the way they seek to give proof of the experience of incubation and the manifestation of the god’s power. The motif of the witness awake, found in these representations, can be considered evidence of this influence.
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    Erotic Curse Tablets from the Heroön of Opheltes at Nemea
    (The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2016) Bravo, Jorge J. III
    Four inscribed lead curse tablets excavated from the Heroön of Opheltes at Nemea are edited and presented here with commentary. The texts of the tablets are erotic in nature, but closer analysis reveals a fundamental ambiguity in the rhetorical force of the anatomical lists and the operative verb apostrephō ( ἀποστρέφω) in the curses. The choice of a hero shrine as the place of their deposition is unusual; a deciding factor for this location may have been the presence of the grave of Opheltes, who was believed to have died very young (aōros; ἄωρος) and through violence (biaiothanatos; βιαιοθάνατος), both of which being desirable qualities in the practice of ancient magic.