A curse tablet (tabella defixionis).

Lead. Mid-1st cent. BCE.
12.0 × 27.5 cm.
Inv. No. 65037.

Rome, Roman National Museum, Baths of Diocletian
(Museo nazionale romano, Terme di Diocleziano)

Origin:
Rome, excavations in funerary area in via Latina, 23 Dec. 1851. Formerly in the Kircherian Museum.
Description:
CIL I2 1012 = CIL VI 140 = SIAtt-1, p. 82 = ILLRP 1144 = D 8749 = DefTab 139 = Kropp-01-04-04-03

Quomodo mortu<u=O>s qui istic / sepultus est nec loqui / nec sermonar<i=E> potest s{e}ic / Rhodine apud M(arcum) Licinium / Faustum mortua sit nec / loqui nec sermonar<i=E> possit / ita uti mortu<u=O>s nec ad deos / nec ad homines acceptus est / s{e}ic Rhodine apu<d=T> M(arcum) Licinium / accepta sit et tantum valeat / quantum ille mortu<u=O>s qu{e}i // istic sepultus est Dite Pater Rhodine(m) / tib{e}i commendo uti semper / odio sit M(arco) Licinio Fausto / item M(arcum) Hedium Amphionem / item C(aium) Popillium Apollonium / item Vennonia(m) Hermiona(m) / item Sergia(m) Glycinna(m)

Translation:

Just as the dead man who is buried here can neither speak nor talk, so may Rhodine die as far as Marcus Licinius Faustus is concerned and not be able to speak nor talk. As the dead man is received neither by gods nor humans, so may Rhodine be received by Marcus Licinius and have as much strength as the dead man who is buried here. Dis Pater, I entrust Rhodine to you, that she be always hateful to Marcus Licinius Faustus. Also Marcus Hedius Amphio. Also Gaius Popillius Apollonius. Also Vennonia Hermiona. Also Sergia Glycinna.

Literature:
1. Bullettino archeologico napoletano 1853 Vol III. Pp. 25 et 183184.
2. Auguste Audollent. Defixionum tabellae quotquot innotuerunt: tam in Graecis Orientis quam in totius Occidentis partibus praeter Atticas in Corpore inscriptionum atticarum editas. 1904. Pp. 196198.
3. The Gnostics and Their Remains, by Charles William King, London, 1887. P. 361.
4. Raffaele Garrucci (ed). Sylloge inscriptionum Latinarum aevi Romanae Rei Publicae usque ad C. Iulium Caesarum plenissima. 1877. P. 333.
5. Introduzione alla magia. Roma, 2006 Vol. 2, pp. 380382.
Credits:
2012. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Info: museum annotation.
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Keywords: lead tabella defixionis defixio curse tablet binding spell invocation perdition malediction magic lead sheet Marcus Licinius Faustus Marcus Hedius Amphionus Caius Popillius Apollonius from vinea Manenti Inv No 65037 CIL I 1012 CIL VI 140 ILLRP 1144 ILS 8749 Quomodo mortuos qui istic sepultus est nec loqui nec sermonare potest seic Rhodine apud Marcum Licinium Faustum mortua sit nec loqui nec sermonare possit ita uti mortuos nec ad deos nec ad homines acceptus est seic Rhodine aput Marcum Licinium accepta sit et tantum valeat quantum ille mortuos quei istic sepultus est Dite Pater Rhodinem tibi commendo uti semper odio sit Marco Licinio Fausto item Marcum Hedium Amphionem item Caium Popillium Apollonium item Vennonia Hermiona item Sergia Glycinna
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