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Ancient Graffiti Project: Tools for Analyzing Personal Communication
Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University

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The Ancient Graffiti Project: Ancient Words Revived by Modern Scholars (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Jeanne Timmons
Publication: Mostly Mammoths
Date: 5/8/2016
Abstract: What began as a way for her students to have more hands-on experience with epigraphy blossomed into an enormous international project. At least 50 people have contributed thus far, and there is still much, much more to do. Dr. Rebecca Benefiel, Associate Professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University, didn’t want to simply teach about ancient Roman monuments; she wanted her students to try to edit inscriptions directly. This essay describes the genesis and accomplishments of the Ancient Graffiti Project.

New Project Uncovers Ancient Games and Gladiators Through the Graffiti of the Fans (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Sarah Bond
Publication: Forbes Magazine
Date: 7/4/2016
Abstract: A new project looking at ancient graffiti uncovers the importance of gladiatorial games in the lives of everyday Romans.

Pompeii’s Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Adrienne LaFrance
Publication: The Atlantic
Date: 3/29/2016
Abstract: From Roman walls to Twitter, humans have a long-standing obsession with leaving their mark.

Student and Professor Secure Grant to Study Ancient Graffiti (Media Coverage)
Publication: Millsaps Bulletin
Date: 2/26/2017
Abstract: Dr. Holly Sypniewski, Assistant Director of the Ancient Graffiti Project, and Brittany Hardy, a student team member will spend spring break at the Getty Research Institute, where they will study the documentation of graffiti drawings in the field notebooks of Matteo Della Corte, a leading scholar who documented the ancient graffiti uncovered during the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum (1914–1958). They have won a grant from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South to support their travel.

‘Graffiti in Pompeii and Herculaneum give insight into groups marginalized by history books’ (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Catherine Edwards
Publication: The Local, Italy
Date: 7/20/2017
Abstract: In a time before social media - or even much available paper - the walls were an easy way to communicate. While today’s baby boomers criticize youngsters for documenting the minutia of their lives on Facebook, it turns out the Romans were more or less doing the same thing.

NPR Radio IQ "Virginia Scholars' Ancient Graffiti Project" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Rebecca R. Benefiel
Publication: NPR Radio IQ
Date: 5/22/2018
Abstract: Scholars from Washington and Lee and the University of Richmond are sharing a surprising discovery – showing and explaining ancient graffiti online.