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Greek curse tablets translated

Five lead curse tablets that date back 2,400 years have been translated. Four of the tablets were engraved with curses that invoked the names of "chthonic" (underworld) gods, asking them to target four different husband-and-wife tavern keepers in Athens. The fifth tablet was blank and likely had a spell or incantation

Ancient Egyptian tax receipt translated

Researchers have translated a rare ancient Egyptian land-transfer tax receipt. Written in Greek on a piece of pottery, the receipt states that a person (the name is unreadable) and his friends paid a land-transfer tax that came to 75 "talents" (a unit of currency), with a 15-talent charge added on. The

1,600-year-old labour contract translated

A Greek document written on papyrus in the 4th century A.D. has been translated, revealing a contract written for a guard hired to protect a vineyard in Egypt. According to Helms' translation, the ancient text reads: "I agree that I have made a contract with you on the condition that I

Using computers to translate ancient texts

A computer program has been been developed with can quickly decipher an ancient written language used in Biblical times, opening up the possibility to translate other ancient texts which humans have been unable to translate. Created by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the program automatically translates written

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