Errors in spelling and grammar in these graffiti offer insight into the degree of literacy in Roman times and provide clues on the pronunciation of spoken Latin.
Examples are CIL IV, 7838: Vettium Firmum / aed[ilem] quactiliar[ii] [sic] rog[ant].
The topics range from love to satire, curses, wit, and lament.
Many demonstrate a very high level of literacy and a deep appreciation of art and poetry.
There are many different types and styles of graffiti; it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.
Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations.Wet with cool dew drops fragrant with perfume from the flowers came the gentle breeze jasmine and water lily dance in the spring sunshine side-long glances of the golden hued ladies stab into my thoughts heaven itself cannot take my mind as it has been captivated by one lass among the five hundred I have seen here.Among the ancient political graffiti examples were Arab satirist poems.The word originates from Greek The term graffiti referred to the inscriptions, figure drawings, and such, found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins, as in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii.Use of the word has evolved to include any graphics applied to surfaces in a manner that constitutes vandalism.
Si potest illa mihi tenerum pertundere pectus quit ego non possim caput illae frangere fuste? I want to break Venus's ribs with a club and deform her hips.