Curse tablet

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.

  • Production Date:
    Roman; 200-400
  • ID no:
    VRY89[0]<941>
  • Location:
    On Display: Museum of London: Roman London: Health and Hygiene
Further Information
  • Date Collected: 1989+
  • Number of items: 1
  • Measurements: H 130 mm; W 50 mm
  • Materials: lead alloy
  • Status: archaeological archive
  • Copyright Holder: digital image copyright Museum of London
  • Last Updated: 2013-01-30
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