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Just Like Life Is Now

Maybe you have all seen these already. If not--

I think they are charming and funny. What busy lives these people had!

http://pompeiana.org/Resources/Ancient/Graffiti%20from%20Pompeii.htm

When husband was in the Navy, they pulled into Naples. He got the chance to go on a bus tour of Herculaneum. He found it very moving.

Also, interesting that they made kosher garum. I know it was  made of fish, but somehow in my head I always picture ketchup.

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anteros_lmc
Dec. 18th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
Roman graffiti is splendid and often splendidly rude. I've never actually been to Pompeii of Herculaneum, though I had lots of archaeologist friends who worked there.
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was especially moved by this one:

I.7.8 (bar; left of the door); 8162: We two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.

I wonder if they were Roman Navyboys.
anteros_lmc
Dec. 19th, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they were! There's lots of evidence of queer relationships from graffiti all over the Roman world.
ba1126
Dec. 18th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
"Twas ever thus" as my Dad used to say. Funny, thinking of 'graffiti' as something so old!
pollyandr3
Dec. 20th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
I read as much as I could, and no, I have never seen it before! I enjoyed this little peek into history, it was as if those people had voices once again, speaking to me. Long gone.. but I could hear them. That is why history fascinates me so.. what people were like, and what they were doing, you know?

Thanks for sharing this! Awesome!
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