The Role Of Graffiti In Pompeii And Herculaneum

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Graffiti played an important part in the voting process in Pompeii and Herculaneum, it was how they “campaigned” and swayed others to vote for whomever they felt was fit to fill the position. In other words, electoral propaganda. The graffiti was present mostly on houses and shop buildings in the main streets where the majority of the populous would see it, therefore increasing the chances for votes in their favour. It wasn’t all political graffiti, though- personal views of the people and daily happenings are documented and include a variety of subjective and objective topics. We can interpret the thoughts of the citizen’s and events that occurred within the city using this source. The graffiti, generally well inscribed, typically made by

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