CURSE: LATIN ON LEAD

MS 1720/1
MS Short Title CURSE: LATIN ON LEAD
Text CURSE: TO THE GOD MERCURY ARVERIUS. I COMPLAIN TO YOU, LORD, CONCERNING MY PROPERTY, A CLOAK AND HOOD. WHOEVER STOLE THIS, WHETHER SLAVE OR FREE, WHOEVER STOLE THIS, THE GOD IS NOT TO LET THEM STAND OR SIT, DRINK OR EAT, UNLESS THEY REDEEM IT AT YOUR TEMPLE WITH THEIR OWN BLOOD
Description MS in Latin on lead, Tarlton, Gloucestershire, England, ca. 150-300, 1 tablet, 3,5x11,0 cm, 6 lines in Late Roman cursive.
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Of the 8 curse tablets MS 1720/1-6 were found together near Tarlton. Many of the tablets found at Bath, very close to Tarlton, are written in the same style, but the "M" and the "R" are unusual in this tablet. This is the 3rd largest hoard of curse tablets found in England, next to the Bath and Uley hoards.

Provenance 1. Tarlton hoard, Gloucestershire; 2. Nicholas Wright, London (- 1993); 3. Jeremy Griffiths, Oxford.
Commentary There are several interesting dialect spellings, possibly reflecting features of the version of Latin written and spoken by the British tribe of the Dobunni. The ORC and LRC, together with half-uncial, form the basis for the later National scripts in Europe, and examples are not recorded in any other known private MS collections, apart from MSS 1706/1-2, 1720/1-8, and 1835.
Published To be published by Prof. R.S.O. Tomlin.
Exhibited Comité International de Palaéographie Latin (CIPL) at Senate House, University of London , 3 September 2008.
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Boxing
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Place of origin England
Dates ca 150 - 300 AD

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