AN INTRODUCTION TO WALL INSCRIPTIONS FROM POMPEII AND HERCULANEUM PDF

Nihil durare potest tempore perpetuo The ephemeral nature of dipinti painted wall inscriptions and wall graffiti writings incised with a sharp object or stylus lends a certain urgency to our need to study them. Among the treasures preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C. While most of these are in Latin, we can also find inscriptions in Etruscan, Greek, and Oscan. The book developed out of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was fieldtested by students, and is aimed at teachers and students of Latin who might wish to learn more about Latin written by the less educated member: of Roman society.

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BMCR Inscriptions with Notes. Historical Commentary. Vocabulary Wallace, Rex. Vesuvius in A. The epigraphy of the walls from these cities has been gathered in the fourth volume of the CIL, which inspired numerous minor collections in various languages. What is missing so far is a selective introduction to the wall inscriptions equipped with edition and commentary for academic teaching and learning.

In Section 1 p. Section 2 p. Discussion concerning the nature of certain features is suppressed. In the subsequent Section 3 p. Wallace reflects on his editorial principles. He adopted the common diacritical signs, but he did so in quite a meager way: neither ligatures, nor graphical peculiarities like I longa or apices are indicated.

Whatever one may think about this practice I personally find it unacceptable for any serious edition , one must blame the author for his decision not to resolve any abbreviations in the texts no justification given : he downright refuses to do his job as an editor of epigraphical texts. The main part of the book consists of the edition and commentary on a total of dipinti from Pompeii, 2 from Herculaneum and graffiti from Pompeii, 15 from Herculaneum , based especially on CIL IV. Each main chapter is divided into minor sections where inscriptions of similar content or interest are gathered.

In many instances one cannot really be content with the commentaries. They tend to be by far too short and incomplete, and I also observed many inaccuracies here. Wallace also does not usually indicate the source of his information, although much has been said earlier by others.

But with respect to the bibliography at the end of the introduction, one may find this a minor quibble. The following highly selective catalogue may however illustrate my objections. The explanation is childish. I do not give any further examples for this issue. The word order of faci atis oro uos would have deserved a brief note.

The abbreviation fac iatis instead of f aciatis would have deserved a note. The text, however, was found in the peristyle of the so-called Casa di Vesta; how would a tourist get there?

One must regard this inscription as a repetition of CIL IV , a probably painted inscription from the popular tavern of Euxinus, combined with a pentameter more or less spontaneously invented and added by the scribbler. I am going to deal with this in extenso elsewhere. See also below on II The first occurence, however, is Phaedr.

Ampliatus is a common slave name, while Pedanius Pedania is not cf. Schulze, Eigennamen Various difficulties in the reading are not indicated; note e. Supplying valeas after Castrensi , as suggested in the commentary, is arbitrary. II Giordano 38 : No explanation given for h[oc] instead of h[uc]. This graffito as well was found inside a house sc. Solin, Neue Forschungen provided a photo which would nicely have illustrated this inscription for the reader.

He is unaware of the fact that the inscription is also punning on the name of a fullo called Fabius Ululitremulus; see Courtney, Musa lapidaria sq. The name Hadius Ventrio seems to be a punning invention since Ventrio goes well with inter beta m et brassica m. CLE 41 adn. II CIL IV : It would have been of interest for the interpreter that this inscription was discovered not in a hotel as easily might be guessed from the text and as is often written in publications on this text , but outside the officina of M.

Surus Garasenus. Wallace does not give any hint that this is a metrical inscription. Sapienti sat. There must remain serious doubts about that. This introduction is written in much the same fashion as was W. The very reason why the wall inscriptions of the Vesuvian cities as well as the wax tablets etc. Wallace does not even mention this fact, neither does he give any introduction to the peculiarities of Roman handwriting.

The 24 facsimiles, reproduced from the CIL, cannot replace any proper introduction. It is a shortcoming of scholars dealing with the wall inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum not to have adopted and modified this view for the treatment of handwritten texts on the wall. Notes 1. See e. Diehl, Pompeianische Wandinschriften und Verwandtes Berlin , 2nd ed. Onorato, Inscriptiones Pompeianae Firenze ; W. Krenkel, Pompeianische Inschriften Leipzig ; A. Montero Cartelle, Priapeos.

Graffitos amatorios Pompeyanos. Cavallo, Graffiti latini Milano ; P. This is communis opinio among scholars dealing with the graffiti. Thinking about what I read on the walls of certain rooms within buildings of what is regarded as higher learning in our days, I should like to suggest re-thinking this issue. Two further minor objections: i The inscriptions are numbered separately in each chapter, which causes some trouble in finding certain texts, especially since Wallace gives reference to chapter, section, and number and the number of neither the chapter nor the section is indicated on the top of any page.

The author must be congratulated for his decision to include the localization of each inscription. But why he does not use these indications at all for his interpretation?

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An introduction to wall inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum

BMCR Inscriptions with Notes. Historical Commentary. Vocabulary Wallace, Rex. Vesuvius in A. The epigraphy of the walls from these cities has been gathered in the fourth volume of the CIL, which inspired numerous minor collections in various languages. What is missing so far is a selective introduction to the wall inscriptions equipped with edition and commentary for academic teaching and learning.

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Facsimile 19, for example, from unit II, 8. The book contains a full vocabulary list though this does not really do justice to some colloquialisms. Read more Read less. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Year 11 1 Language English. Culture will be easily introduced through reading the inscriptions, but understanding a little Latin can also be readily introduced through looking at the inscriptions for cultural purposes. While introdutcion of these are in Latin, we can also find inscriptions in Etruscan, Greek, and Oscan.

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