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As an assistant editor for Harlequin Books, Carly Silver knows what makes a good story; as an ancient historian and lecturer, she serves as a tour guide through history, bringing the ancient world and all of its quirks to life. The former ancient and classical history expert for About.com, she is a contributing writer to HistoryBuff.com, Ancient Origins, and other publications. Follow Carly’s adventures through antiquity on Twitter at @carlyasilver.

For many residents of ancient Britain, curses involved invoking a god to influence a particular individual according to their wishes