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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


Writing or drawing scratched on a wall or other surface ( figure 3 ), such as the wall inscriptions of Pompeii which contain quotations from poets, salutations, idle words, obscenities, love addresses and satirical remarks ( figure 4 ). See also palaeography . Figure 3 Modern graffiti Figure 4 Ancient graffiti in Latin from a wall in Pompeii, first century ce . The four lines are fragmented verses from Ovid ( Amores 1, 8, 77f.) and Properz ( Elegies IV, 5, 47f.) which command a watchman to keep the door closed to him who begs but to open it to him who gives - a reference to a Roman brothel ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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