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A Tablet Bearing a Curse Found in Jerusalem

Friday, October 25, 2013

roman-curse-tablet-jerusalemJERUSALEM—Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a 1,700-year-old lead tablet while excavating a collapsed Roman mansion in an area of Jerusalem known as the "City of David." There appears to be a curse written on the tablet in Greek, in which a woman, Kyrilla, condemns a man named Iennys over a legal dispute. Scholars believe that the tablet might have been created by a professional magician.