In the year AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted with devastating force, burying the nearby town of Pompeii under more than thirty feet of volcanic debris. Pompeii was effectively wiped off the map, but buried below the surface the material remains of the town were preserved in remarkable detail. While best known for its art, architecture, and urban infrastructure, Pompeii also offers a colorful glimpse into the world of ancient graffiti via thousands of messages written on the walls of the city. Benefiel confronts this widespread phenomenon occurring in the first century. From public advertisements to handwritten messages, and in a variety of locations across the city, these graffiti reveal an active populace engaging in this mode of communication. What further emerges is a sense of the strong presence of writing in the ancient city, as well as clues into the social and cultural trends that inspired it.
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