Wednesday 22 August 2012
Roman Graffiti - lives writ large
Outside House of Menander: Satura was here on September 3rd
Bar of Astylus and Pardalus: Lovers are like bees - they live a honeyed life
Gladiator barracks: On April 19th, I made bread
House of Caecilius Iucundus: Whoever loves, let him flourish. Let him perish who knows not love. Let him perish twice over whoever forbids love.
On column inside Barracks of the Julian-Claudian gladiators: Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls
On Mercury Street: Publius Comicius Restitutus stood right here with his brother
Inside Bar of Salvius (this is an actual sign): Whoever wants to serve themselves can go on and drink from the sea.
House of the Large Brothel: Blondie has taught me to hate dark-haired girls. I will hate them, if I can, but I wouldn't mind loving them. Pompeian Venus Fisica wrote this.
Outside House of Caesius Valens and Herennius Nardus: Rufus loves Cornelia Hele
Outside House of Pinarius: If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend
Outside House of the Vibii, Merchants: Artimetus got me pregnant
Outside House of Caprasius Primus: I don't want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world
Outside House of the Calpurnii: Crescens is sweet and charming
Small room of a possible brothel or tavern: Vibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urbana
Above a bench outside the Marine Gate: If anyone sits here, let him read this first of all: if anyone wants a scr--, he should look for Attice; she costs 4 sestertii (about $100)
In the basilica (the local government administration building - public servants haven't changed): No young buck is complete until he has fallen in love
In the basilica: Epaphra, you are bald!
In the basilica: Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they ever have before!
In the basilica: Samius to Cornelius: go hang yourself!
In the basilica: O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.
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