"Things to look for: Graffiti" Graffiti Tip by goodfish

Graffiti, Pompeii: 1 reviews and 1 photos

  Political graffiti, Pompeii
by goodfish

Spray paint hadn't been invented yet but graffiti was scratched, drawn and brushed onto as many public buildings, latrines and tavern walls in ancient Pompeii as it is today. Some (as in the photo) were 1st century AD versions of political ads, some rhapsodize about love interests, and others, well, think about what you've read on the bathroom wall of a grubbier pub and you'll get the idea? Words of wisdom, amusing verse, jokes, insults, boasts of some gladiator's latest sexual conquest... it's all here and some of it is a real howl.

I'm enclosing a website with translations of some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) and where they were found. I claim no responsibility for content. If easily offended by bawdy language, read at your own risk.

Address: Various places, Pompeii
Website: http://www.pompeiana.org/Resources/Ancient/Graffiti%20from%20Pompeii.htm

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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