Poetic graffito

Qui se tutari nescit nescit vivere
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Translation: He who does not know to guard himself does not know how to live. The tiniest trouble, if ignored, becomes tremendous (i.e. the smallest evil becomes the greatest).
Findspot: Herculaneum, House of the Telephus Relief (InsulaOrientalisI.2)
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Language: Latin
Writing Style: Graffito/incised
  • Graffito Length: 18.5
  • Height from Ground: 50
  • Min Letter Height: 0.3
  • Max Letter Height: 1.7
Apparatus Criticus: Textus et mensurae secundum (1)
vv. 1-2: II pro littera E scriptum
v. 1: lat.:18,5; litt. alt.: 0,3-1,7 (1)
v. 2: lat.:18,0; litt. alt.: 0,3-1,3 (1)
De eadem sententia in Pompeiis vide CIL 04, 01811 et 01870 Add. p. 464.
Bibliography: CIL 04, 10634 (1) M. Gigante, Civiltà delle forme letterarie nell'antica Pompei. Napoli 1979, p. 149 (2) Quad. Urb. Cult. Class., 19, 1985, p. 94 (P. Cugusi) (3) Homo Viator: Classical Essays for John Bramble. Oak Park, IL 1987, p. 87-88 (E. Rawson) (4) Tyche, 27, 2012, p. 98-99 (P. Kruschwitz, V. Campbell, and M. Nicholls) (5) K. Milnor, Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii. Oxford 2014, p. 176-177 (6)
Link to EDR: #EDR153355
Suggested Citation: 'Poetic graffito', The Ancient Graffiti Project Search Engine, <http://ancientgraffiti.org/Graffiti/graffito/AGP-EDR153355> [accessed: 17 Jul 2018]

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