So-called “curse tablets” made of gold and silver have been discovered in Roman tombs, archaeologists said. The finds were made at the Viminacium archaeological site in eastern Serbia, the location of the former capital of the Roman province of Moesia Superior. Romans used them to curse their neighbours, relatives or unrequited loves.

The beginning of the inscription on one of items — which are known as “tabella defixionis” in Latin — reads: “Let all the forces and demons help that …” Some are written in Greek but they also they feature an incomprehensible language and symbols. Experts believe those were likely invented by the person who made the tablet, so its message could only be understood by gods and demons. CONTINUE