Somebody stole his cloak, and Servandus was angry enough to curse.
The resident of 2nd century Leicester, England, wrote out a curse, including a list of suspects, on a lead sheet and posted it on a temple wall.
The curse tablet was recently unearthed by University of Leicester archeologists excavating the remains of the Roman-occupied city.
"The curse is a remarkable discovery and, at a stroke, dramatically increases the number of personal names known from Roman Leicester," said Richard Buckley, of the university's Archeological Services, who announced the find Thursday.
Previously, he said, the only known names were Marcus Ulpius Novantico, from a military discharge certificate dated to the year 106; Verecunda and Lucius, from a graffito on a piece of pottery; and Primus, who inscribed his name on a land title.