Student Presenter Information

Sarah K. Gorman, Old Dominion UniversityFollow

Presentation Type

Event

Disciplines

History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Description/Abstract

While graffiti is an inevitable part of any modern cityscape, it is not a modern convention. Examples of man’s desire to write on walls can be found as early as the Paleolithic Era. Thus it is not surprising that large amounts of graffiti, both figural and textual have been discovered in the ancient city of Pompeii. Most scholarship attributes these inscriptions to elite, albeit naughty schoolboys, however, this narrow interpretation neglects the copious amounts of graffito discovered throughout homes and along the city’s walls. Through examination of these drawings, it becomes evident their artists comprise the totality of Pompeian citizenry.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jared Benton

Keywords: Graffiti, Graffito, Pompeii

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

13-2-2016 10:15 AM

End Date

13-2-2016 11:15 AM

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Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

While graffiti is an inevitable part of any modern cityscape, it is not a modern convention. Examples of man’s desire to write on walls can be found as early as the Paleolithic Era. Thus it is not surprising that large amounts of graffiti, both figural and textual have been discovered in the ancient city of Pompeii. Most scholarship attributes these inscriptions to elite, albeit naughty schoolboys, however, this narrow interpretation neglects the copious amounts of graffito discovered throughout homes and along the city’s walls. Through examination of these drawings, it becomes evident their artists comprise the totality of Pompeian citizenry.