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RQ-255726-17Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsWashington and Lee UniversityThe Ancient Graffiti Project: An Open-Access Critical Edition of First-Century Pompeian Wall Inscriptions5/1/2018 - 9/30/2021$149,583.00RebeccaR.BenefielHollyM.SypniewskiWashington and Lee UniversityLexingtonVA24450-2116USA2017ClassicsScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs14958301495830

Preparation of an open-access digital critical edition and translation of 800 first-century CE graffiti (texts and pictographs) from the theater district and the gymnasium area in the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy. (18 months)

The Ancient Graffiti Project (AGP) is an open-access, digital, scholarly edition of the first-century handwritten inscriptions from Pompeii and Herculaneum, with up to date bibliography, rich contextual information, and translations. These personal messages, conveying the thoughts and interests of the town’s inhabitants, are as varied as the people who wrote them; they provide crucial insights into changes taking place in the Latin language, the dynamics of Roman culture and society, and functioning levels of literacy among the general population. They are also fragile, exposed to the elements in an open-air environment, and are crumbling and disappearing each year. Now is the time to obtain reliable readings, fully document and record all traces, and produce a comprehensive, critical edition of these texts, before they disintegrate further and are lost.