in 2014, shows that the drama of the destruction of the Roman town by eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD still remains a strong lure to popular culture.
While there are always some quibbles with the historical accuracy of films, one aspect of Pompeii that few viewers would have questioned was its summertime setting.
Photo: Ancient Graffiti Project The scrawls have helped reveal what certain buildings were used for and how ancient Romans spent their free time, shedding light on love, rivalries, and gladiator fights from a rarely seen perspective.
The graffiti is also of huge interest to linguists, providing a record of vulgar Latin; the language as it was used by ordinary people.
‘at the end of autumn.’” So, the traditional date cannot be relied upon, because of ‘Chinese whispers’ that have occurred between the original document and later copies.