30 Ancient Graffiti Phrases From Pompeii Shows That People’s Sense Of Humor Has Not Changed One Bit

If you thought that modern-day teenagers invented graffiti and inappropriate depictions of private male parts on walls - think again. Just recently, archaeologists found a 1,800-year-old drawing of penis near Hadrian's Wall which proved once again that some things just never change. Asides from these cheeky drawings, scholars are documenting ancient graffiti and writings on the walls. They began making copies of Latin inscriptions throughout the ancient Roman world, including Pompeii, in the late 1800s. Sadly, today, more than 90 percent of Pompeii's graffiti has been lost due to exposure to the elements. However, thanks to the 19th century scholars and translators, we have a beautiful list of funny, cheeky and bold wall inscriptions dating back to 2,000 years ago.

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Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiIf anyone does not believe in Venus, they should gaze at my girl friend

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiTheophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiO walls, you have held up so much tedious graffiti that I am amazed that you have not already collapsed in ruin.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiI don’t want to sell my husband, not for all the gold in the world

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiWe two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiTo the one defecating here. Beware of the curse. If you look down on this curse, may you have an angry Jupiter for an enemy.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiVibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urbana

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Graffiti From Ancient Pompeii(Below a drawing of a man with a large nose) Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you. Salvius wrote this.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiA small problem gets larger if you ignore it.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiCeladus the Thracian gladiator is the delight of all the girls

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiA copper pot went missing from my shop. Anyone who returns it to me will be given 65 bronze coins (sestertii). 20 more will be given for information leading to the capture of the thief.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiDefecator, may everything turn out okay so that you can leave this place.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiChie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they every have before!

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiSecundus defecated here three times on one wall.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiEpaphra is not good at ball games.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiLovers are like bees in that they live a honeyed life.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiAufidius was here. Goodbye.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiSamius to Cornelius: go hang yourself!

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiStronius Stronnius knows nothing!

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiApollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiWhoever wants to serve themselves can go on an drink from the sea.

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiCruel Lalagus, why do you not love me?

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Graffiti From Ancient PompeiiVirgula to her friend Tertius: you are disgusting!

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30 Ancient Graffiti Phrases From Pompeii Shows That People’s Sense Of Humor Has Not Changed One Bit

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