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RQ-255726-17
The Ancient Graffiti Project: An Open-Access Critical Edition of First-Century Pompeian Wall Inscriptions
Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University

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The Ancient Graffiti Project (Web Resources)
Title: The Ancient Graffiti Project
Author: Rebecca Benefiel
Abstract: Abstract in 2017: Welcome to The Ancient Graffiti Project, a digital resource for locating and studying graffiti of the early Roman empire from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. More than 500 ancient graffiti are now available here, ca. 300 from Herculaneum and another 200 from Pompeii (from the Lupanar, Insula I.8, and other locations). Abstract in 2018 (after update): Welcome to The Ancient Graffiti Project, a digital resource for locating and studying handwritten inscriptions of the early Roman empire. These ancient messages and sketches offer a window into the daily life and interests of the people who lived in the ancient world, especially in Herculaneum and Pompeii. They provide perspectives on Roman society, the ancient economy, religion, spoken language, literacy, and activities within the ancient city.
Year: 2017
Primary URL: http://ancientgraffiti.org
Primary URL Description: The welcome page for The Ancient Graffiti Project, the digital platform for our critical editions of ancient handwritten inscriptions.

Virginia Scholars' Ancient Graffiti Project (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Virginia Scholars' Ancient Graffiti Project
Writer: Sandy Housman
Producer: Sandy Housman
Abstract: I was interviewed about our Ancient Graffiti Project on NPR's Radio IQ. The audio is available online, as is a transcription of the program. Abstract: Scholars from Washington and Lee and the University of Richmond are sharing a surprising discovery – showing and explaining ancient graffiti online. Rebecca Benefiel has spent more than a decade studying what the people of Pompei and Herculaneum wrote on their walls...
Date: 05/22/2018
Primary URL: http://www.wvtf.org/post/virginia-scholars-ancient-graffiti-project
Primary URL Description: Radio IQ, National Public Radio
Access Model: Open access
Format: Radio
Format: Web

Editing ancient handwriting (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Editing ancient handwriting
Author: Rebecca R. Benefiel
Abstract: A presentation of how one can edit ancient handwritten texts of the first century CE, some of which remain visible in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and what the Ancient Graffiti Project offers to the field of Classics.
Date: 09/22/2018
Conference Name: Texts, Authors, and Readers

The Ancient Graffiti Project: Developing a Digital Resource for Ancient Graffiti (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Ancient Graffiti Project: Developing a Digital Resource for Ancient Graffiti
Abstract: The 2018 Digital Humanities Lecture at Washington & Lee University.
Author: Holly Sypniewski
Author: Rebecca R. Benefiel
Date: 05/07/2018
Location: Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA

Graffiti in Pompeii, Italy and The Ancient Graffiti Project (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Graffiti in Pompeii, Italy and The Ancient Graffiti Project
Abstract: An overview of the characteristics of ancient graffiti in Pompeii, as a comparison with graffiti of ancient Nubia, and introduction of The Ancient Graffiti Project as a scholarly resource to research and study ancient handwritten wall-inscriptions.
Author: Rebecca Benefiel
Date: 09/20/2019
Location: Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Primary URL: https://lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/news-events/all-events.detail.html/62288-15344250.html

National Geographic Podcast "Overheard" (Radio/Audio Broadcast or Recording)
Title: National Geographic Podcast "Overheard"
Director: Peter Gwin
Producer: Emily Ochsenschlager
Abstract: I was interviewed by National Geographic and discussed what study of ancient graffiti can contribute to our understanding of Pompeii. The program will be broadcast this winter as part of Season 2 of National Geographic's podcast, "Overheard".
Date: 10/16/2019
Primary URL: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/overheard/
Primary URL Description: Exploring the ancient Maya Cave of the Jaguar God. The graffiti of Pompeii. Searching for alien life underground. Each week we’ll dive into one of the curiously delightful conversations we’ve overheard around National Geographic’s headquarters. You’ll be introduced to the explorers, photographers and scientists at the edges of our big, bizarre, and beautiful world.
Access Model: open access
Format: Radio
Format: Digital File

Writing on Columns: A Study of Graffiti in Pompeii’s Campus ad Amphitheatrum (Regio II.7.1) (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Writing on Columns: A Study of Graffiti in Pompeii’s Campus ad Amphitheatrum (Regio II.7.1)
Author: Benefiel, Rebecca R.
Author: Sypniewski, Holly M.
Abstract: Thousands of graffiti on the walls of Pompeii attest to a vibrant culture of informal writing. In this paper, we examine the practice of inscribing personal messages on columns, with a focus on the Campus ad Amphitheatrum, in Pompeii (Regio II.7.1). Featuring more than 400 handwritten wall-inscriptions, this was the most heavily inscribed building in the entire city. We seek to answer why. This paper presents the results of fieldwork carried out by the Ancient Graffiti Project during summer 2019. The Campus offered a large, colonnaded, multi-purpose space near the amphitheater. By virtue of its location, the building certainly saw a high volume of traffic. In this paper we examine how ancient writers approached this unique type of writing surface, how they negotiated the lack of horizontal space, and how they fashioned their writings in response. We also interrogate the spaces of the building and the distribution patterns of textual and figural graffiti on the columns of the Campus ad amphitheatrum to address the following questions: On which columns within a long colonnade were individuals more prone to write? Where would a writer prefer to stand? Within the covered walkway? Between the columns where he would be less visible? In the uncovered space where fewer might see his drawing or message? By surveying and analyzing the hundreds of wall-inscriptions in this building, we seek to understand how people interacted in this space and why they found columns such an attractive place to write.
Date: 01/06/2020
Primary URL: https://www.asgle.org/nacgle-2020-washington-d-c/draft-program/
Conference Name: The Third Quinquennial North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE)

Documentary feature on the Smithsonian Channel where I am interviewed about the Ancient Graffiti Project (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording)
Title: Documentary feature on the Smithsonian Channel where I am interviewed about the Ancient Graffiti Project
Writer: Blink Films
Director: Christopher Puttock
Producer: Blink Films (Lesley Davies) for the Smithsonian Channel
Abstract: The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is best known for the volcanic eruption that both buried and preserved it. Now, experts are reexamining a 2,000-year-old crime scene that suggests this was a city where the fear of death loomed long before Mount Vesuvius covered it in ash. Delve into a world of lawlessness, political intrigue, and underworld godfathers. Smithsonian Channel Series "Secrets", Season 6, Episode 3: "Gangs of Pompeii" Broadcast in the UK on Channel 5 in the series "Ancient Mysteries", episode entitled "Pompeii: The Bodies in the Basement" PI Rebecca Benefiel and Field Director Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons were interviewed during summer 2019 about how we document ancient graffiti in Pompeii
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/secrets/gangs-of-pompeii/1003102/3474905
Primary URL Description: Programming on the Smithsonian Channel
Access Model: Broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel (Dec. 2019-May 2020) and available through Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Roku, and others
Format: Video
Format: Web


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