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Uley 49

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Authority: Roger Tomlin

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Irregular crescent of sheet lead, 42 by 66 mm, found in 1978 at the temple of Mercury on West Hill. The tablet was folded twice after being inscribed, and is still corrugated; it is damaged at the folds, and corrosion products have obscured the text, but hardly any letters have been lost altogether. With the help of layout lines one side has been inscribed with seven lines of capitals and two more faintly-incised lines of another script. The letters cut the layout lines, which therefore preceded them, but the scribe may have scored them line by line as he wrote, since the last two layout lines are closer-set, as if to anticipate the smaller letters that were to come.

Curse-tablet lists of names are all in the nominative case, or occasionally in the accusative (e.g. Tab. Sulis 53). The mixture of cases in lines 1-7 must therefore be significant: the sequence is nominative masculine, nominative feminine, nominative masculine, a verb, accusative masculine, nominative feminine, accusative masculine. It looks as if the nominative names are all cursing (‘giving’) the two accusative names.

Edition:
n 1 Aunillus
n 2 V[ica]riana
n 3 Covitius
n 4 Mini (filius) dona[t]
n 5 Varicillum
n 6 Minura
n 7 Atavacum
8 ...
9 ...

Diplomatic:
1 AVNILLVS
2 V..[.]RIANA
3 COVITIVS
4 MINIDONA.
5 VARICILLVM
6 MINVRA
7 ATAVACVM
8 ...
9 ...

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Aunillus, Vicariana, Covitius (son) of Minius gives Varicillus; Minura (gives) Atavacus ...