Graffiti From Pompei
A collection of ancient Roman graffiti immortalised in ash at Pompeii, which shows that people are the same, no matter where, or when, they live.
Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!
(Bar/Brothel of Innulus and Papilio)
Restitutus says: “Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”.
(Peristyle of the Tavern of Verecundus)
Satura was here on September 3rd
(Exterior of the House of Menander)
Secundus says hello to his Prima, wherever she is. I ask, my mistress, that you love me.
(House and Office of Volusius Iuvencus; left of the door)
Lovers are like bees in that they live a honeyed life
(Bar of Astylus and Pardalus)
I screwed the barmaid
(Bar of Athictus; right of the door)
Lesbianus, you defecate and you write, ‘Hello, everyone!’
(Pottery Shop or Bar of Nicanor; right of the door)
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
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.
(House of Pascius Hermes; left of the door)
Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog
(On the wall in the street)
Whoever loves, let him flourish. Let him perish who knows not love. Let him perish twice over whoever forbids love.
(House of Caecilius Iucundus)
Defecator, may everything turn out okay so that you can leave this place
(Just outside the Vesuvius gate)
Celadus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls
(Barracks of the Julian-Claudian gladiators; column in the peristyle)
Publius Comicius Restitutus stood right here with his brother
(On the Street of Mercury)
Hectice, baby, Mercator says hello to you
(House of Sextus Pompeius Axiochus and Julia Helena; left of the door)
Cruel Lalagus, why do you not love me?
(Vico degli Scienziati)
I have buggered men
(House of Orpheus)
Whoever wants to serve themselves can go on an drink from the sea
(Bar of Salvius; over a picture of a woman carrying a pitcher of wine and a drinking goblet)
Blondie has taught me to hate dark-haired girls. I shall hat them, if I can, but I wouldn’t mind loving them. Pompeian Venus Fisica wrote this.
(Atrium of a House of the Large Brothel)
Rufus loves Cornelia Hele
(House of Caesius Valens and Herennius Nardus)
If anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend
(atrium of the House of Pinarius)
Atimetus got me pregnant
(Vicolo del Panattiere, House of the Vibii, Merchants)
I don’t want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world
(House of Caprasius Primus):
Crescens is sweet and charming
(House of the Calpurnii)
Secundus likes to screw boys
(Eumachia Building, via della Abbondanza)
I screwed a lot of girls here
Sollemnes, you screw well!
Vibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urbana
(Vico d’ Eumachia, small room of a possible brothel)
If anyone sits here, let him read this first of all: if anyone wants a screw, he should look for Attice; she costs 4 sestertii
(Above a bench outside the Marine Gate)
No young buck is complete until he has fallen in love
(In the basilica)