About this object

  • ID:

    VRY89[0]<941>

  • Production date:

    Roman; 200-400

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Roman London: Health and Hygiene

  • 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.

  • Measurements

    H 130 mm; W 50 mm

  • Materials

    lead alloy

  • Last Updated

    2013-01-30

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    archaeological archive

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

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