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1,700-year-old Greek curse tablet translated

A 1,700-year-old curse tablet written in ancient Greek has been translated.

A fiery ancient curse inscribed on two sides of a thin lead tablet was meant to afflict, not a king or pharaoh, but a simple greengrocer selling fruits and vegetables some 1,700 years ago in the city of Antioch, researchers find.

Written in Greek, the tablet holding the curse was dropped into a well in Antioch, then one of the Roman Empire’s biggest cities in the East, today part of southeast Turkey, near the border with Syria.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Professor Alexander Hollmann

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