Graffiti: Not Much Has Changed

It seems like those who etch their profound, sagacious thoughts on bathroom walls, bar room tables, and building sides have existed for millennia. And the content of those thoughts haven’t changed much either, as this listing of such shrewd Roman commentary from the city of Pompeii shows.

Some of the highlights:

I.2.20 (Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio); 3932: Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

II.3.10 (Pottery Shop or Bar of Nicanor; right of the door); 10070: Lesbianus, you defecate and you write, ‘Hello, everyone!’

II.7 (gladiator barracks); 8767: Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here.  The women did not know of his presence.  Only six women came to know, too few for such a stallion.

III.5.3 (on the wall in the street); 8898: Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog

VIII.1 (above a bench outside the Marine Gate); 1751: If anyone sits here, let him read this first of all: if anyone wants a screw, he should look for Attice; she costs 4 sestertii.

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1882: The one who buggers a fire burns his penis Wise words.

VIII.7.6 (Inn of the Muledrivers; left of the door); 4957: We have wet the bed, host. I confess we have done wrong. If you want to know why, there was no chamber pot

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1820: Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!

via Pompeiana.org: Graffiti from Pompeii

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~ by Nocturnal Discourse on 15 June 2009.

One Response to “Graffiti: Not Much Has Changed”

  1. that Theophilus — he always knows the right thing to say

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