Monday, December 11, 2006

World’s oldest curse tablet unearthed
A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester have unearthed what they claim is the world’s oldest curse.

The 1,700-year-old curse tablet asks god Maglus for invoking his wrath on the thief who has stolen the cloak of Servandus. The curse states that the person who committed the theft dies before the ninth day.

“To the god Maglus, I give the wrongdoer who stole the cloak of Servandus. Silvester, Riomandus (etc.) ... that he destroy him before the ninth day, the person who stole the cloak of Servandus,” says the ancient curse as translated by an Oxford University researcher.

Man, that one is just ripe for ribald jokes. . . . . .