Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On graffiti (art)

HYPERALLERGIC: The Clandestine Cultural Knowledge of Ancient Graffiti. Today we are used to thinking of graffiti as subversive or illegal, but ancient people didn’t necessarily see graffiti in this way at all (Michael Press).
Whatever the definition, scholars love ancient graffiti. Whether painted or inscribed, made quickly or over some time, these texts and drawings provide glimpses of a world otherwise largely invisible to us. Many examples of graffiti (but certainly not all) were inscribed by ordinary people who may not have engaged in other types of writing, or they might reflect the everyday lives of people — elite and non-elite — that is otherwise only hinted at in literary and historical sources. ...
For the work of Karen Stern on ancient Jewish graffiti, mentioned in this essay, see here and links.

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