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    Private graffiti? Scratching the walls of houses at Dura-Europos

    Baird, Jennifer (2015) Private graffiti? Scratching the walls of houses at Dura-Europos. In: Benefiel, R. and Keegan, P. (eds.) Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World. Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy 7. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, pp. 11-31. ISBN 9789004307124.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: When one thinks of inscriptions produced under the Roman Empire, public inscribed monuments are likely to come to mind. Hundreds of thousands of such inscriptions are known from across the breadth of the Roman Empire, preserved because they were created of durable material or were reused in subsequent building. This volume looks at another aspect of epigraphic creation – from handwritten messages scratched on wall-plaster to domestic sculptures labeled with texts to displays of official patronage posted in homes: a range of inscriptions appear within the private sphere in the Greco-Roman world. Rarely scrutinized as a discrete epigraphic phenomenon, the incised texts studied in this volume reveal that writing in private spaces was very much a part of the epigraphic culture of the Roman Empire.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Jennifer Baird
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2021 11:45
    Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 11:45
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41441

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