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Roman lead curse

Roman lead curse
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 31cm

Full image caption

Curse, irregular shaped piece of lead, oblong with very distorted edges; with inscription engraved on both sides; invocation to Neptune to avenge a wrong doing; second side is written retrograde. Inscription: (Obv) TIBIROGOME TV | NVSVMVENDIC | ASDEISTENV | MENEMEVEN | DICSANTEQ. | DVENDIENO | VEMROGOTE | NETVNVSVTV | MIVEN ...AS | ANTEQC | VENDINDVE | M; Transliteration: Te rogo, Neptu | ne, ut me vindic | as de isto nu | mine (tuo), (ut) me vin | dicas ante (...?) | (...?) diem no | ven. Rogo te, | Neptune, ut tu (?) | me vindicas | ante (...?) | (...?) diem nove | m; Translation:
I ask you, Neptune, that you avenge me on him by your power, avenge me before the ninth day. I ask you, Neptune, that you avenge me before the ninth day. (Reverse translation): The Silvias are overcome by (with?) unloosed bile. Avitus son of Silvicola has been overcome. Melisso has been given. Mansuetus. Pidimus son of Antonius. Xanthus. Bassianus. Varascus has been given. I have conquered you utterly (?). Sanctinus.

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43 AD - 450 AD
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