My daughter just celebrated her 11th birthday. She is currently obsessed with galaxy decor and astronomy, and emojis. So for her birthday she was given several items along those themes, including a big sheet of emoji wall stickers to go in her room. Being the generous girl she is, she decorated everyone’s bedroom doors as well. And then she put this one on the bathroom O.O
It prompted a discussion about what would happen if there were some huge natural disaster, like when Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii…what would future archaeologists think of that lovely picture plastered on the doorway of the small chamber at the end of the hall (assuming of course that everything was perfectly preserved)? I have to think they’d get a good chuckle out of it. As I did when I came across a few articles describing some examples of ancient graffiti. Turns out, humor hasn’t changed much in a few millennia. Here are a few of the funnier ones:
ILLAM MAXIME, SPERO VESTRA HAEMORROIDUM FRICARE SIMUL IN TANTUM UT NOCEBIT PEIOR QUAM CUM OMNIS HABENT ANTE!
Translation: Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before! (Ha!)
DOMINUS EST NON GRATUS ANUS RODENTUM!
Translation: The boss isn’t worth a rat’s a*$! (The bane of workers no matter what era).
APOLLINARIS, MEDICUS TITI IMPERATORIS HIC CACAVIT BENE.
Translation: Apollinaris, doctor to the emperor Titus, had a good crap here. (My daughter’s emoji would work well with this one).
Translation: Lucius wrote this. (Always a classic)
And then there was this one of an ancient human being targeted by a bird. I had to chuckle at that!
I think there is often a perception of the ancient world being more serious…all wars and plagues and fighting to survive. It’s fascinating to see that ancient people really weren’t any different than we are today 🙂
On a very contemporary note – I have a new contemporary romantic comedy out today (written as Kira Archer). If you’re in the mood for some modern rom com, check it out 🙂