* The following abbreviations are used: Eidinow (2007): E. Eidinow, Oracles, Curses, and Risk among the Ancient Greeks (Oxford, 2007); Jordan (2000): D. Jordan, ‘A personal letter found in the Athenian agora’, Hesperia 69.1 (2000), 91–103; Jordan (2003): D. Jordan, ‘A letter from the banker Pasion’, in D. Jordan and J.S. Traill (edd.), Lettered Attica: A Day of Attic Epigraphy (Athens, 2003), 23–39; Vinogradov (1998): Y. Vinogradov, ‘The Greek colonisation of the Black Sea region in the light of private lead letters’, in G.R. Tsetskhladze (ed.), The Greek Colonisation of the Black Sea Area (Stuttgart, 1998), 153–78; Wilson (1997–8): J.P. Wilson, ‘The “illiterate trader”?‘, BICS 42 (1997–8), 29–56; DT: A. Audollent, Defixionum Tabellae (Paris, 1904); DTA: R. Wünsch, Defixionum Tabellae Atticae IG III.3 (Berlin, 1887); NGCT: D. Jordan, ‘New Greek curse tablets (1985–2000)’, GRBS 41 (2000), 5–46; SGD: D. Jordan, ‘A survey of Greek defixiones not included in the special corpora’, GRBS 26 (1985), 151–97; SM: R.W. Daniel and F. Maltomini (edd.), Supplementum Magicum (Opladen, 1992). This article was substantially complete before January 2009 so we have been able to take only limited account of items which came to our notice after that date.