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1st Edition

Graffiti in Antiquity

ISBN 9781138288393
Published January 27, 2017 by Routledge
348 Pages

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Book Description

Ancient graffiti - hundreds of thousands of informal, ephemeral texts spanning millennia - offer a patchwork of fragmentary conversations in a variety of languages spread across the Mediterranean world. Cut, painted, inked or traced in charcoal, the surviving graffiti present a layer of lived experience in the ancient world unavailable from other sources. Graffiti in Antiquity reveals how and why the inhabitants of Greece and Rome - men and women and free and enslaved - formulated written and visual messages about themselves and the world around them as graffiti. The sources - drawn from 800 BCE to 600 CE - are examined both within their individual historical, cultural and archaeological contexts and thematically, allowing for an exploration of social identity in the urban society of the ancient world. An analysis of one of the most lively and engaged forms of personal communication and protest, Graffiti in Antiquity introduces a new way of reading sociocultural relationships among ordinary people living in the ancient world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modern Approaches to Ancient Graffiti  Part 1: Techniques  1. Methods, Types, Contexts  Part 2: Traditions  2. History  3. Literature  4. Art and Architecture  Part 3: Beliefs  5. Religion  6. Magic  7. Mythology  Part 4: Lifestyles  8. Politics  9. Sport  10. Commerce  11. Sexuality  Appendix: Where to find ancient graffiti (collections and locations).  Index

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*A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2015*

"Theoretically rich but still highly accessible, Graffiti in Antiquity is the first comprehensive introduction to nonofficial writing and drawing in antiquity. ... Keegan has provided a thoughtful, sophisticated discussion of a body of evidence that can truly enhance understanding of antiquity. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - G.S. Gessert, Hood College, in CHOICE, January 2015