Roman Graffiti Translated. Little Has Changed In Regards to Humanity

by Daniel Russ on June 26, 2014

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Found this compendium of Roman graffiti from Prof. Prof. Brian Harvey. 


At a Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio: “Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

At the Tavern of Verecundus)  Restitutus says: “Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”.

At the House of the Citharist; “Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you.  Salvius wrote this.”

At the House of Menander: “Satura was here on September 3rd”

At the House and Office of Volusius Iuvencus;  “Secundus says hello to his Prima, wherever she is.  I ask, my mistress, that you love me.”

At the Bar of Athictus; right of the door: “I screwed the barmaid”

At the Pottery Shop or Bar of Nicanor; “Lesbianus, you defecate and you write, ‘Hello, everyone!’ ”

At gladiator barracks: “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.”

At the House of Pascius Hermes: “To the one defecating here.  Beware of the curse.  If you look down on this curse, may you have an angry Jupiter for an enemy.”

On the wall in the street: “Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog”

At the the Vesuvius gate: “Defecator, may everything turn out okay so that you can leave this place”

At the Vesuvius Gate: ‘Marcus loves Spendusa”

At the barracks of the Julian-Claudian gladiators: “Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls”

VI (on the Street of Mercury: “Publius Comicius Restitutus stood right here with his brother.”

At the House of the Olii; on the Via Consolare: “The city block of the Arrii Pollii in the possession of Gnaeus Alleius Nigidius Maius is available to rent from July 1st.  There are shops on the first floor, upper stories, high-class rooms and a house.  A person interested in renting this property should contact Primus, the slave of Gnaeus Alleius Nigidius Maius.”


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