Curse tablet unearthed in Jerusalem

10/24/2013 | LiveScience.com

A 1,700-year-old lead tablet inscribed with a curse was found in Jerusalem in the remains of a collapsed Roman mansion. In part, the curse by a woman named Kyrilla against a man named Iennys says, "I strike and strike down and nail down the tongue, the eyes, the wrath, the ire, the anger, the procrastination, the opposition of Iennys," asking the gods that "he in no way oppose, so that he say or perform nothing adverse to Kyrilla ... but rather that Iennys, whom the womb bore, be subject to her" Archaeologists say the curse, written in Greek, was likely written for Kyrilla by a magician over a legal dispute.

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