The Bawdy Graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Everyone is now familiar with the release of quite explicit photos and service charges found on the walls of a brothel excavated at Pompeii, the resort town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CCE. Now for your viewing pleasure comes a list of bawdy graffiti scrawled on the walls of Herculaneum and Pompeii, which confirm, if we didn't already know it, that the Romans were people exactly like us, albeit slightly more obsessed with defecation...or on second thoughts, maybe not. House of Caesius Blandus: It took 640 paces to walk back and forth between here and there ten times. House of the Centenary; in the latrine near the front door: "Secundus defecated here" three time on one wall. Triclinium of a house: Restitutus has deceived many girls. Herculaneum bar: Apelles the chamberlain with Dexter, a slave of Caesar, ate here most agreeably and had a screw at the same time. Herculaneum, on the exterior wall of a house: Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, shat well here. Gladiator barracks: On April 19th, I made bread. Read sources of these graffiti here, here and here.