Monday, 12 September 2022

Roman era Chariot and horses, curse tablets, found in Croatia

In 2019 archaeologists discovered the remains of a chariot from ancient Rome along with two horses. The discovery, estimated to be 1,800 years old, was made in Croatia. The discovery stems from an ancient burial tradition under a mound known as a tumuli. Only those with the highest status and with extreme wealth were buried in this manner.
Archaeologists discovered golden curse tablets in Roman tombs. These contain inscriptions with magical symbols calling upon both gods and demons to unleash ill-health, punishment, and death upon enemies.
The curse tablets were found in Roman tombs at Viminacium, 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 6th century. Viminacium occupies a total of about 450 hectares (1,100 acres)
“ long as someone, whether slave or free, whether man or woman, keeps silent or knows anything about it, they may be accursed in blood, and eyes and every limb and even have all intestines quite eaten away if they have stolen the ring or been privy (to the theft).”

Other curses are even more personal ... “May your penis burn away when you make love.”
In Viminacium archaeologists found Christians and pagans buried together, suggesting they lived together in relative harmony and tolerance.