Greek Lead Tablet with Magic Spell - X.0298 - For Sale

Greek Lead Tablet with Magic Spell - X.0298
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This magical tablet is of rectangular form with rounded corners, cut from sheet lead. Slight corrugation and differential corrosion on the back suggest that it may once have been rolled or folded, but the surface has not been stressed or cracked. It is largely complete and most of the missing text can be restored. Overall this is very well-preserved and there are few difficulties. It consists of 33 lines of minute but well-formed Greek letters which can be dated to the fourth century AD.The inscribed text is an elaborate binding spell repeated with variations four times, with intervening sequences of magical words. It is directed against three named athletes, Antiokhos, Hierax and Kastor, evidently runners, whose feet, sinews, and other attributes are ‘bound’ so as to ensure their failure ‘in the stadium.’

Ancient Greek
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405 North Rodeo Drive
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