Credit: Photo courtesy Museo Archeologico Civico di Bologna
This curse tablet targets a veterinarian named Porcello. At top is a deity with snakes coming out of its head and an eight figured sign on its genitals.…Read More »
On the bottom is Porcello, shown in a mummified state with his name written on his arms. The curse is written in Latin with Greek invocations. Part of the curse reads "Destroy, crush, kill, strangle Porcello and wife Maurilla. Their soul, heart, buttocks, liver..." Less «
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Credit: Photo courtesy Museo Archeologico Civico di Bologna, cropping by Owen Jarus
The mummified Porcello, the victim of the curse. If you look closely you can see his name written on his arms.
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Credit: Drawing by Celia Sánchez Natalías
A drawing of the curse tablet targeting Porcello. Both the deity and Porcello have their arms crossed, an element of the curse that was cast on him.
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Owen Jarus writes about archaeology and all things about humans' past for Live Science. Owen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a journalism degree from Ryerson University. He enjoys reading about new research and is always looking for a new historical tale.