Ancient Graffiti

Graffiti wasn’t just a modern thing! Graffiti was discovered on buildings in Pompeii and in other ancient cities! On a tomb in ancient Israel, a piece of graffiti read “Good luck on your resurrection!” There is also a piece of graffiti mocking some politician in Rome by drawing an insulting caricature of him. On a wall in Pompeii, some people carved the dialogue of a fight they had about a woman. It looked just like a stream of texts on someone’s Facebook page today! Graffiti is valuable to archaeologists, as it reflects people’s daily lives as opposed to officially written down history which could be biased towards the reality of that society. Modern graffiti may meet the same fate in the future!

“Successus, a weaver, loves the innkeeper’s slave girl named Iris. She, however, does not love him. Still, he begs her to have pity on him. His rival wrote this. Goodbye.”

“Envious one, why do you get in the way? Submit to a handsomer man and one who is being treated very wrongly and good looking.”

“I have spoken. I have written all there is to say. You love Iris, but she does not love you.”

This is what happens when you don’t have message boards. You have to chisel your petty fights into the wall of a bar in Prima. It takes forever and it defaces the architecture. Puts texting into perspective, doesn’t it? (Ten pieces of Nasty Ancient Graffiti Now Translated!)


(Good luck on your resurrection)                                                         Politician’s head!


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