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Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii

Kristina Milnor


This study concerns the fragments of textual graffiti which survive on the walls of the Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 ce. In particular, it focuses on those writings which either quote canonical authors directly, or show the influence—in diction, style, or structure—of elite Latin literature. The Pompeian graffiti show significant connections with familiar authors such as Ovid, Propertius, and Virgil. While previous scholarship has described these fragments as popular distortions of well-known texts, this book argues that they are important cultural product ... More

Keywords: graffiti, Pompeii, Latin poetry, popular literature, Roman Empire, ancient urbanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684618
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684618.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristina Milnor, author
Professor and Chair of Classics and Ancient Studies, Barnard College