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The Bawdy Graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum (kashgar.com.au)
49 points by smcleod 7 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 11 comments





Somehow the passage of time gives it a modicum of respectability.

I know right, this one still cracks me up every time I read it: "The one who buggers a fire burns his penis"

Made even funnier by the fact that there’s a Reddit sub dedicated to this very topic. /r/dontputyour****inthat

I guess penis humor is timeless.


It's annoying that the original Latin is not provided. I'd love to know the original words used for some of these terms (such as buggering).

EDIT: It looks like this link is just a marketing site for a jewellery store. The original that this site stole from is here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170221135226/http://www.pompei...


Here's a site with the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum: https://db.edcs.eu/epigr/epi_einzel.php?s_sprache=en&p_beleg.... Replace the last four digits in the URL with the number before the quote on the site you linked to see the Latin.

"Bugger" is probably gonna be "paedico". I do find the whole "Classics scholar translates back-alley graffiti" vibe of the translation hilarious.


The humour of young men never changes.

The moment you realize you are a bred by evolution into a drug addicted mammal, expected to either vanish or develop a ego big enough to mount another mammal and convince the universe that this should go on forever - you are fucked, in the head and possibly in any other regard for a small reward.

That’s a great way of putting it.

Truely vulgar

As in Vulgar Latin?

A facetious play on how both graffiti and pornography have been deemed morally objectionable or in poor taste, from which the masses should be protected.



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