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This thin sheet of lead is inscribed with a prayer to the gods written in Greek capital letters. The prayer is 30 lines long and includes names associated with magical powers. It belonged to a man with a Greek name, Demetrius. He rolled this charm up into a cylinder and wore it on a cord around his neck. Demetrius believed it would protect him against plague. He may then have thrown it into the River Thames as a gift for the gods.
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