6/15/2009 12:57:00 AM

Graffiti from AD 79

Interestingly enough, Archaeologists have found plenty of well-preserved graffiti at Pompeii. This page lists the location and the approximate British translation of each of the inscriptions throughout the site. (Just like its modern day counterpart, ancient graffiti was primarily written by the dregs of society. Before you click the link, consider yourself warned.)

Here are a few of my tamer favorites for those I scared off -

VI.16.15 (atrium of the House of Pinarius); 6842: If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1816: Epaphra, you are bald!

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!

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1826: Phileros is a eunuch!

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

Herculaneum (on the exterior wall of a house); 10619: Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here