Pompeii-graffiti

i want to share with you some of my favourite graffiti from Pompeii

  • “Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!“ 
  • “Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you. Salvius wrote this.“ 
  • “We two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.“
  • “Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here. The women did not know of his presence. Only six women came to know, too few for such a stallion.“
  • “On April 19th, I made bread.“
  • “ I have buggered men.“
  • “If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girlfriend.“
  • “It took 640 paces to walk back and forth between here and there ten times.“
  • “Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!“
  • “Epaphra is not good at ball games.”
  • “Two friends were here.  While they were, they had bad service in every way from a guy named Epaphroditus.  They threw him out and spent 105 and half sestertii most agreeably on whores.“
  • “Secundus likes to screw boys.“

I love how humans have literally not changed throughout history like the graffiti from Pompeii has people from hundreds of years ago writing stuff like “Marcus is gay” “I fucked a girl here” “Julius your mum wishes she was with me” and leonardo da vinci’s assistants drew dicks in their notebooks just for the banter and mozart created a piece called “kiss my ass” so when people wish for ‘today’s generation’ to be like ‘how people used to’ then we’re already there buddy we’ve always been

There was apparently a common graffiti in Pompeii that says, venimus hoc cupidi multo magis ire cupimus (’we desired to come here; now we very much desire to leave’). The ancient equivalent of coming out to have a good time and feeling so attacked right now.

Select graffiti from Pompeii

Each inscription begins with a reference to where it was found (region.insula.door number).  The second number is the reference to the publication of the inscription in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Volume 4.

I.2.20 (Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio); 3932: Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

I.2.23 (peristyle of the Tavern of Verecundus); 3951: Restitutus says: “Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”.

I.4.5 (House of the Citharist; below a drawing of a man with a large nose); 2375: Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you.  Salvius wrote this.

I.7.8 (bar; left of the door); 8162: We two dear men, friends forever, were here.  If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.

I.10.4 (exterior of the House of Menander); 8304: Satura was here on September 3rd

II.2.3 (Bar of Athictus; right of the door); 8442: I screwed the barmaid

II.7 (gladiator barracks); 8792: On April 19th, I made bread

II.7 (gladiator barracks); 8792b: Antiochus hung out here with his girlfriend Cithera.

I.5.3 (on the wall in the street); 8898: Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog

V.1.18 (House of Valerius Flaccus and Valerius Rufinus; right of the door); 4066: Daphnus was here with his Felicla.

V.1.26 (peristyle of the House of Caecilius Iucundus); 4087: Staphylus was here with Quieta.

V.3.9 (House of Cosmus and Epidia; right of the door); 6702: Aufidius was here.  Goodbye

VI.14.20 (House of Orpheus); 4523: I have buggered men

VI.16.15 (atrium of the House of Pinarius); 6842: If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend

VII.2.18 (vicolo del Panattiere, House of the Vibii, Merchants); 3117: Atimetus got me pregnant

VII.9 (Eumachia Building, via della Abbondanza); 2048: Secundus likes to screw boys.

VII.12.18-20 (the Lupinare); 2175: I screwed a lot of girls here.

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1820: Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!

Pompeii Graffiti V.1.26 (House of Caecillius lucundus); 4091

Whoever loves, let him flourish.  Let him perish who knows not love.  Let him perish twice over whoever forbids love.


This should be a freaking Bible quote. For real.

Graffiti from Pompeii, two gladiatiors - inscribed with: Severus l(ibertus) |(victoriarum) XIII |(periit) // Albanus sc(aeva?) l(iber) |(victoriarum) XIX v(icit) - Severus, of free status, victorious 13 times, earned a reprieve. Albanus, left-hander, of free status, victorious 19 times, won.

Roman, late 1st century

Why Pompeii Fell

I just learned something really fascinating about Pompeii today. They were filthy dirtbags…just like us!

They left all this graffiti in Latin on the walls. Like, bathroom-stall type graffiti. Some examples:

  • Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

  • Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls

  • Floronius, privileged soldier of the 7th legion, was here.  The women did not know of his presence.  Only six women came to know, too few for such a stallion.

  • Atimetus got me pregnant

  • I don’t want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world (they could do that??)

  • Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!

  • Phileros is a eunuch!
  • We have wet the bed, host.  I confess we have done wrong.  If you want to know why, there was no chamber pot

  • Take hold of your servant girl whenever you want to; it’s your right (this is why a volcano erupted on you, man)

  • O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.

Ha ha…wow.

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What I really love about the graffiti in pompeii is some people said really cute and insightful things, like:

I.7.8 (bar; left of the door); 8162: We two dear men, friends forever, were here.  If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.

II.2.1 (Bar of Astylus and Pardalus); 8408: Lovers are like bees in that they live a honeyed life

III.4.2 (House of the Moralist); 7698b: Remove lustful expressions and flirtatious tender eyes from another man’s wife; may there be modesty in your expression.

V.1.26 (House of Caecilius Iucundus); 4091: Whoever loves, let him flourish.  Let him perish who knows not love.  Let him perish twice over whoever forbids love.

VI.16.15 (atrium of the House of Pinarius); 6842: If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend

VII.6.35 (Brothel of Venus; on the Vico dei Soprastanti opposite the Vicolo del Gallo);1645: May Love burn in some lonely mountains whoever wants to rape my girl friend!

VII.2.48 (House of Caprasius Primus); 3061: I don’t want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1811: A small problem gets larger if you ignore it.

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1904: O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.

But then there are those types of people:

I.2.20 (Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio); 3932: Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

I.2.23 (peristyle of the Tavern of Verecundus); 3951: Restitutus says: “Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”.

II.2.3 (Bar of Athictus; right of the door); 8442: I screwed the barmaid

II.7 (gladiator barracks); 8792: On April 19th, I made bread

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1816: Epaphra, you are bald!

VIII.2 (in the basilica); 1882: The one who buggers a fire burns his penis

VII.9 (Eumachia Building, via della Abbondanza); 2048: Secundus likes to screw boys.

VII.12.18-20 (the Lupinare); 2175: I screwed a lot of girls here.

anonymous asked:

If you're so historical, then when did memes get invented

“Kilroy was here” was made during WW2.

But tbh, any graffiti from Pompeii can be a meme.

The word meme was not used until 1976, when Richard Dawkins wrote a book called: “The Selfish Gene.”

And this is the etymology of the word “meme.”

It kinda shows how much Humans changed over the years. In some areas, they’ve changed a lot, in others, not so much.

best of graffiti from ancient pompei (this is real, guys)
  • Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!
  • Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates
  • Lovers are like bees in that they live a honeyed life
  • Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog
  • If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend
  • Atimetus got me pregnant
  • I don’t want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world
  • Crescens is sweet and charming
  • On April 19th, I made bread
  • Secundus likes to screw boys.
  • I screwed a lot of girls here.
  • Sollemnes, you screw well!
  • Epaphra, you are bald!
  • Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!
  • If you are able, but not willing, why do you put off our joy and kindle hope and tell me always to come back tomorrow. So, force me to die since you force me to live without you. Your gift will be to stop torturing me. Certainly, hope returns to the lover what it has once snatched away.
  • Virgula to her friend Tertius: you are disgusting!
  • O walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.
  • Epaphra is not good at ball games.
  • We have wet the bed, host. I confess we have done wrong. If you want to know why, there was no chamber pot
  • The one who buggers a fire burns his penis

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