Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nerd History: Ancient Graffiti

I'm currently in the process of finishing up a lot of things before I have a fairly busy work month, so I'm using this time to push out a few nerdy historical things that I've found, but can't really expand upon too much. One of the finds I have is regarding graffiti from Pompei. If you thought the stuff written on the men's room walls were graphic, well, here's a quick sample of the nicer stuff:
"Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here"

"Epaphra is not good at ball games."

"To the one defecating here. Beware of the curse. If you look down on this curse, may you have an angry Jupiter for an enemy."

"I confess, we have peed in bed; we have done wrong, innkeeper. If you ask why -- there wasn't a chamber pot."
The best part is when they start going into their various sexual proclivities. Considering the time frame and such, I suppose the more things change, the more they end up staying the same...

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