Talk by Paddy Lambert of Oxford Archaeology East, 7.30pm Tuesday 5 April 2016 at The Dolphin Hotel.

Nisi Vita Sanguine: Curse Tablets in Roman Britain

The curse tablet phenomena is well attested throughout the Roman world, they are the private messages, never to be read, to the gods who controlled all things. Whether for guidance, favour or luck, they are the windows to the lives of the unseen faces of history. Over 300 have been recovered from Roman Britain. These curses from Britain are unique in the entire Roman world, and they give a small but vital window into a world not unlike our own, of real world problems, 1900 years ago. From the petty theft of a humble ring, to unrequited love, the curse tablets from Roman Britain are the real Romans, warts and all.