Welcome to The Ancient Graffiti Project, a website that provides a search engine for locating and studying graffiti of the early Roman empire from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. At present, the search engine and database are under construction, so searches are running on only some of the handwritten wall-inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Most of the graffiti from Herculaneum (ca. 250) are now available in preliminary form. Another 200 graffiti from Pompeii (from Insula I.8 and the Lupanar at VII.12) are also searchable. More will come online after summer 2016, when we return to the field for further research.

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Pompeii

Herculaneum

Special acknowledgements to Eric Poehler for the map of Pompeii and the creators of ImageMapster for the highlighting map feature.