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By Jennifer Baird, Claire Taylor

Graffiti are ubiquitous in the historic global, yet stay underexploited as a kind of archaeological or historic proof. They contain an excellent number of texts and pictures written or drawn in and out constructions, in private and non-private areas, on monuments within the urban, on items utilized in way of life, and on mountains within the nation-state. In every one case they are often visible as actively attractive with their atmosphere in quite a few methods. Ancient Graffiti in Context interrogates this cultural phenomenon and by means of doing so, brings it into the mainstream of old historical past and archaeology. concentrating on various methods to and interpretations of graffiti from a number of websites and chronological contexts, Baird and Taylor pose a sequence of questions now not formerly requested of this proof, reminiscent of: What are graffiti, and the way do we interpret them? In what methods, and with whom, do graffiti speak? To what quantity do graffiti symbolize or subvert the cultural values of the society within which they take place? by way of evaluating topics throughout time and house, and viewing graffiti in context, this ebook offers a chain of interpretative innovations for students and scholars of the traditional international. As such it will likely be crucial analyzing for Classical archaeologists and historians alike.

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Most modern graffiti are, in a technical sense, dipinti. 5. Pompeii, Dura, Aphrodisias, Hymettos and El Kanais are discussed by papers in this volume. For graffiti in Delos see Severyns 1927; Basch 1973; Introduction 6. 7. 8. 9. 17 Moretti 1998; Ephesos: Taeuber 2005; Abydos: Perdrizet and Lefebvre 1919; Rutherford 2003; Aliki (Thasos): Servais 1980. For the (late Enlightenment) origins of vandalisme see Merrills 2009. ‘Topoi inscriptions’ are also found at Priene and Aphrodisias among other places: IPriene 313; Roueché 1989: nos.

As with figural graffiti, inscribed Roman numerals have almost certainly been underrecorded. Varone’s reexamination of the Casa del Centauro, for example, yielded three graffiti that the initial publication in CIL had neglected; all three consisted of Roman numerals (Varone 1999). In other locations, where the wall plaster has now deteriorated or crumbled away, additional examples have assuredly been lost. The House of the Four Styles contains fewer examples of inscribed Roman numerals than the other two, larger residences.

All three of these motifs were drawn more than once in this house. A galloping horse fills out the complement of graffiti drawings here (cat. 10). While gladiators are another popular subject and are drawn in many other locations in Pompeii, they do not appear among the graffiti in this house. The arrangement of inscribed texts and images in the House of the Four Styles presents a different picture than that in the House of Maius Castricius (cf. Benefiel 2010: 74–81). Although both houses contain roughly the same ratio of text to image overall, the distribution of these two categories differs markedly.

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