Grand Theft Pompeii

A new blog post by Peter Kruschwitz examines Pompeian graffiti and dipinti that name thieves and bandits. Beyond the expected prohibition or condemnation of thievery, these also include petty criminals purportedly supporting candidates for election. This last group contains one of my favourite dipinti, concerning the election of Marcus Cerrinius Vatia to the position for aedile.

CIL IV 576:
Vatiam aed(ilem)
furunculi rog(ant).
‘Vatia for aedile: supported by the petty thieves.’

He is currently of interest to me for a number of reasons, one of which is the large number of rogatores and scriptores attested in his electoral programmata, which includes the above named petty thieves.


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  1. Colin C. Campbell

    It is somewhat refreshing to see that candidates for public office in ancient Pompeii were supported by petty thieves. Today, in the USA, many of our candidates for office are supported by entire groups of major thieves. It’s nice to see how we have progressed as a civilization!

    And, of course, if these graffiti were actually created by someone attempting to falsely discredit a candidate, we have more than perfected that stratagem also.

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