Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Graffiti from Pompei

Yes, these are real.

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!

I.2.23 (peristyle of the Tavern of Verecundus); 3951: Restitutus says:
“Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”.

I.4.5 (House of the Citharist; below a drawing of a man with a large nose); 2375:
Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you. Salvius wrote this.

I.10.4 (exterior of the House of Menander); 8304:
Satura was here on September 3rd

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.

V.5.3 (barracks of the Julian-Claudian gladiators; column in the peristyle); 4289:
Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls

VII.2.18 (vicolo del Panattiere, House of the Vibii, Merchants); 3117:
Atimetus got me pregnant

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

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

Graffiti from Pompei


  1. pipotus; (under the bridge downtown) 0419:

    Regail in copulation with Andromedus's mother! For she shares her love with many.

  2. I borrowed the last one with minor amendments for the toilets at work. I didn't have a pen handy so I didn't need to use words.

  3. It gives you a real sense of scope doesn't it... that even hundreds of years ago people were still scribbling profanities on walls.

    It certainly made me feel better... and I could certainly take a guess at what those cave-man drawings were about now.

  4. Indeed

    The human penchant for graffitti, and historys pointless search for deep meaning in everything are wondorous contradictions.

    Perhaps Banksy's famous picture of a teddy bear firebombing riot police will be mistaken for actual events by some future people who find Stokes Croft buried in the Earth.

  5. I rememeber when I was in Pompei I was quite entertained by the fact that there are engravings of erect penises on many of the streets that point the way to the red-light district. Also in many of the brothels there are pictures above the doors that illustrate exactly what type of activity is on offer inside. Yeah, those Romans knew how to do it.

  6. Pity the fool that digs up Stokes Croft.

    Those aboriginal types are very much into their large erect penisses, too.

  7. Modern Western culture is lagging behind methinks.

    Time some large corporations got a little more phallic with their branding i think..

  8. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051215/ap_en_tv/ali_g_kazakhstan

  9. Ha ha!

    Genius. Blue hat.


    That's a slice of fried gold