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With an apotropaic "Eye Kylix" at It's All Greek in London. www.itsallgreek.co.uk

With an apotropaic "Eye Kylix" at It's All Greek in London. www.itsallgreek.co.uk

Some modern versions of the "evil eye". 2013

Some modern versions of the "evil eye". 2013

Bronze Roman Cavalry mask Newstead

Bronze Roman Cavalry mask Newstead

These little "Fums Up" figurines might harken back to the Roman idea of thumbs up being good luck... not from the arena, but because of its ithyphallic appearance! Read more here: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/thumbs-up-by-karen-maitland.html

These little "Fums Up" figurines might harken back to the Roman idea of thumbs up being good luck... not from the arena, but because of its ithyphallic appearance! Read more here: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/thumbs-up-by-karen-maitland.html

Perhaps one of the most incontrovertibly ‘magic’ objects from Roman Britain is a gold disc depicting a scene in which the Evil Eye (the supernatural personification of ‘bad luck’) is suppressed by its enemies

Artefact in Focus: A Gold Disc depicting the Evil Eye

Perhaps one of the most incontrovertibly ‘magic’ objects from Roman Britain is a gold disc depicting a scene in which the Evil Eye (the supernatural personification of ‘bad luck’) is suppressed by its enemies

Was CAV(E) MAL(AM) PUR(PURAM) (beware the bad red ink) on inkwell apotropaic? Or a warning against sucking your pen?

Was CAV(E) MAL(AM) PUR(PURAM) (beware the bad red ink) on inkwell apotropaic? Or a warning against sucking your pen?

Gold gorgoneion

Gold gorgoneion

See the eye on the prow of Tuthmosis III's boat? It's apotropaic.

See the eye on the prow of Tuthmosis III's boat? It's apotropaic.

Concealed shoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Concealed shoes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Looking at this relief from Herculaneum of the castrated Attis gathering pine cones, I finally get what they represent... and why they are apotropaic!

Rare ancient wooden throne found in Herculaneum

Looking at this relief from Herculaneum of the castrated Attis gathering pine cones, I finally get what they represent... and why they are apotropaic!

"Decorative stud from a strap"... a thoughtful description from the team @ArbeiaRomanFort for this thumbnail-size phallus #HadriansCavalry

"Decorative stud from a strap"... a thoughtful description from the team @ArbeiaRomanFort for this thumbnail-size phallus #HadriansCavalry

Animation brings 2500-year-old Greek vase to life

Animation brings 2500-year-old Greek vase to life

Painted shrine from kitchen of a villa in Pompeii.

Painted shrine from kitchen of a villa in Pompeii.

Circular reliefs called "patere" are considered apotropaic. They are mainly found in Venice and were popular between the 11th and 14th centuries. They show symbolic virtues devouring symbolic vices! For more read Michelle Lovric's post on the History Girls blog: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/whats-biting-venice-michelle-lovric.html

Circular reliefs called "patere" are considered apotropaic. They are mainly found in Venice and were popular between the 11th and 14th centuries. They show symbolic virtues devouring symbolic vices! For more read Michelle Lovric's post on the History Girls blog: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/whats-biting-venice-michelle-lovric.html

The Manchester Wordsquare - a Christian code?

The Manchester Wordsquare - a Christian code?

Roman marble sarcophagus showing the Muses and an apotropaic mask. From Isola Sacra, Ostia. 2nd C AD.

Roman marble sarcophagus showing the Muses and an apotropaic mask. From Isola Sacra, Ostia. 2nd C AD.