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:
‘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.