Michelle McLean – Ancient Graffiti

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.O13701126_1144042948986211_7594611255485242176_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 isnโ€™t worth a ratโ€™s a*$! (The bane of workers no matter what era).ratsass

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).

LUCIUS PINXIT.huntercave

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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(graffiti examples and pictures found at Heavy.comย and MentalFloss).

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

4 Responses

  1. So funny!! I agree, it’s good to see humor from the past. One of my favorite mystery series is by Lindsey Davis. It’s about Ancient Rome, and the main character — the Roman equivalent of a private eye — is a hoot.

  2. Lol Definitely get you thinking about what we do in our lives that might be looked backed on centuries from now.

    But I just have to say, Why do I always forget that you’re also Kira! *face palm*

  3. LOL no worries! I have a hard time keeping it straight too ๐Ÿ˜€