Curse of the stolen cloak

From Curse of the Stolen Cloak.

Servandus, a Roman who lived in Britain around 1,700 years ago, was unhappy about having his cloak stolen. So he asked a god to destroy the culprit. This ancient case of petty larceny has now been reopened by archaeologists excavating in Leicester, England, where they uncovered a Latin “curse tablet” that targets the thief.

The thin, rectangular sheet of lead, dating to the second or third century A.D. and measuring 7 by 3 inches, bears the inscription:

To the god Maglus, I give the wrongdoer who stole the cloak of Servandus. . . . that he destroy him before the ninth day, the person who stole the cloak of Servandus.

The inscription includes the names of 18 or 19 possible suspects. Not much is known about the god Maglus, but the name might derive from [continue]

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