Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World

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Rebecca Benefiel, Peter Keegan
BRILL, Nov 30, 2015 - History - 304 pages
When one thinks of inscriptions produced under the Roman Empire, public inscribed monuments are likely to come to mind. Hundreds of thousands of such inscriptions are known from across the breadth of the Roman Empire, preserved because they were created of durable material or were reused in subsequent building. This volume looks at another aspect of epigraphic creation – from handwritten messages scratched on wall-plaster to domestic sculptures labeled with texts to displays of official patronage posted in homes: a range of inscriptions appear within the private sphere in the Greco-Roman world. Rarely scrutinized as a discrete epigraphic phenomenon, the incised texts studied in this volume reveal that writing in private spaces was very much a part of the epigraphic culture of the Roman Empire.
 

Contents

Chapter 1 Inscriptions in Private Spaces
1
Part 1 Graffiti and the Domestic Sphere
11
Chapter 2 Private Graffiti? Scratching the Walls of Houses at DuraEuropos
13
Reading Writing and the Creation of Private Space
32
The Case of Delos
50
Chapter 5 The Culture of Writing Graffiti within Domestic Spaces at Pompeii
80
Part 2 Discourses of Public and Private
111
Chapter 6 Newly Discovered and Corrected Readings of iscrizioni privatissime from the Vesuvian Region
113
Part 3 Place and Space
179
Evidence from the Underworld
181
Hidden Writing and Private Spaces in Levantine Synagogues
213
Marking Territories Creating Discourses in Roman Pompeii
248
Epilogue
265
Index Locorum
279
Index Nominum
284
Subject Index
287

Tabulae of Hospitality and Patronage
131
Chapter 8 The Significance of Sculptures with Associated Inscriptions in Private Houses in Ephesos Pergamon and Beyond
146

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