Golden Curse Tablets Found in Ancient Serbian Tombs Invoke Gods and Demons
The tablets contain inscriptions in long-forgotten languages with strange magical symbols calling upon both gods and demons to unleash ill-health, punishment, and death upon enemies, unrequited lovers, bad neighbors and relatives.
NBC reports that the curse tablets were found in Roman tombs at the Viminacium archaeological site, the ancient capital of the former Roman province of Moesia Superior in Serbia.
The territory was under Roman (and later Byzantine) rule for about 600 years, from the 1st century BC until the Slavic invasions of the 6th century.
Most Roman curse tablets were inscribed in lead, cut from hammered or thinly-cast sheets, and then trimmed to produce flat, rectangular tablets.
Other materials, such as wood, papyri and stone, were also used. However, in the latest discovery, researchers found curse tablets in both gold and silver.
"According to my knowledge, such tablets have never been found inscribed in gold anywhere. According to the Roman customs, gold was never put into graves."
The curse tablets are written in ancient Greek, in addition to other incomprehensible languages, and contain magical symbols. One of them reads: “Let all the forces and demons help that…”
The wishing of ill-health and death on a person is typical of many Roman curses. One tablet found in Bath, England, reads:
“...so long as someone, whether slave or free, keeps silent or knows anything about it, he may be accursed in (his) blood, and eyes and every limb and even have all (his) intestines quite eaten away if he has stolen the ring or been privy (to the theft).”In the ancient city of Amathus in Cyprus, a curse tablet was found in 2008 bearing the inscription:
“May your penis hurt when you make love.”
A Pagan – Christian Fusion
The precious artifacts reveal a changing religious landscape in which Christianity was taking over the old pagan religion, but the pagan practices had not yet been abandoned, as both Christian and pagan gods are invoked.
"Opposing deities appear on these tablets, as if invoking both Christ and the Antichrist today, or Christ and pagan gods, and that is weird. This shows us that the process of converting to Christianity was slow," said Korac.In the ancient city of Viminacium, archaeologists have found Christians and pagans buried together, and this suggests that, at least for a time, they were living together in harmony and tolerance.