Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ancient 'Magical' Amulet With Odd Two-Way Inscription discovered in Cyprus


A strange "magical" amulet dating back about 1,500 years has archaeologists buzzing.

One side of the stone amulet, which was unearthed in 2011 in the ancient city of Nea Paphos in southwestern Cyprus, bears a 59-letter inscription that reads the same way backward and forward:

ιαεωβαφρενεμουνοθιλαρικριφιαευεαιφιρκιρα­λιθονυομενερφαβωεαι.

That's Greek to you, of course. So here's the palindrome's English translation: "Yahweh is the bearer of the secret name, the lion of Re secure in his shrine."