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wall section

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by abbo, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. abbo Active Member

    this is a section of wall im trying to make[dont laugh its my first]
    to go with pegasos 75mm secutor gladiator'what i want to do is have some roman graffiti on the wall as in the attached picture' i was just wondering if this would be carved on or painted and if painted what colour.
    any thoughts and comments appreiciated.

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  2. Steve Well-Known Member

    Martin, the only experience I have with ancient Roman grafitti is from the opening credits of the HBO series "Rome" which was not exactly an icon for accuracy. Be that as it may the grafitti was painted on in various subdued reds, ochres, and off-whites.
  3. renarts Active Member

    There are extant examples of both types of graffitti (scratched and painted). In a sight in Turkey there are scratched drawings similar to yours in what was possibly the ready area of gladitorial training camps or smaller arena. Pompei too has examples of both scratched and painted graffitti with some of it being very descriptive about the sexual exploits of a certain individual. (No doubt the influence for some of the material in the Rome series.) The painted grafitti was done with any number of "organic paints" i.e. woad, madder, lamp black, soot etc.

    In the Castillo in St. Augustine there are several murals or graffitti work done by soldiers garrisoned there in the 18thc. that depict french ships, english ships, the names of soldiers and sailors and dates. These are scratched into the stucco that covers the coquina rock in the garrison rooms and what was the prisoner's rooms.

    Think of it this way...like today, gaffitti artists don't like to hang around to get caught defacing property, so they will do it on the fly/run with what ever is handy. If its somewhere where the artist/author has time to kill (jail, ready room, barracks, garrison room) there is a greater likely hood that he will want his mark permanent and has time to mess with it. Thus the scratching of graffitti.
  4. Dutchbird New Member

    One remark,

    much of the graffiti found in Pompei not related to commerce or election campaigns is supposedly of the sexual sort of nature and quite explicit, at best through double entendres.

    Second, much graffity is filled with erros (grammar and spelling) as most writers were not well versed, assuming they could write at all. As gladiators were slaves and often POW's (thus non-native Latin speakers) this would even be more likely. Put it this way, graffiti of a literary qualty is extremely rare, to my knowledge.

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