Ancient Graffiti in Context (Routledge Studies in Ancient by Jennifer Baird, Claire Taylor

By Jennifer Baird, Claire Taylor

Graffiti are ubiquitous in the historic global, yet stay underexploited as a kind of archaeological or old proof. They comprise a good number of texts and photographs written or drawn in and out structures, in private and non-private areas, on monuments within the urban, on items utilized in lifestyle, and on mountains within the geographical region. In every one case they are often noticeable as actively attractive with their surroundings in various methods. Ancient Graffiti in Context interrogates this cultural phenomenon and through doing so, brings it into the mainstream of old background and archaeology. targeting diverse ways to and interpretations of graffiti from quite a few websites and chronological contexts, Baird and Taylor pose a chain of questions now not formerly requested of this proof, reminiscent of: What are graffiti, and the way will we interpret them? In what methods, and with whom, do graffiti converse? To what quantity do graffiti symbolize or subvert the cultural values of the society within which they ensue? by means of evaluating issues throughout time and house, and viewing graffiti in context, this e-book offers a chain of interpretative innovations for students and scholars of the traditional international. As such will probably be crucial studying for Classical archaeologists and historians alike.

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The graffiti here would seem to imply that the room was used for this purpose on at least one occasion. Altogether the evidence would seem to point to a particular social context that occasioned an outpouring of written greetings. The graffiti, although directed at a number of different recipients, all contain the same, consistent message of positive wishes. They are written in roughly the same size characters and the appearance of each shows a capable but somewhat unsteady hand. Finally, they are all inscribed at roughly the same, and particularly unusual, height on the wall.

1 Map of the Mediterranean showing principle sites discussed in this volume. A. 2 Plan of Pompeii, showing parts of the site discussed by Benefiel, Huntley and Keegan. 17, 11)* Rebecca R. Benefiel We might be tempted to imagine an unbroken connection between ancient wall-inscriptions and contemporary graffiti. The electoral programmata of Pompeii recall our own political campaign posters, and we can accept graffiti left by travellers on the wall of an inn or tavern easily enough. But what about the significant numbers of ancient graffiti that are found even within private homes?

Bye’). Anonymity was not a major concern for the writer of ancient graffiti. In fact, the largest subset of Pompeian graffiti consists simply of names (Langner 2001: 22–4; on names in a different context, Taylor this volume, page 94–6). The greetings that frequently occur among the graffiti of Pompeii operate within the same system, highlighting individuals and groups by name. The majority of inscribed greetings also include the name of the writer. 1934: Alchimus Pyrrho sal(utem) | scribit Samannara; ‘Alchimus to Pyrrhus, greetings.

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