An Introduction to Wall Inscriptions from Pompeii and by Rex E. Wallace

By Rex E. Wallace

This version is a consultant number of a few of the forms of inscriptions, from political manifestos to gladiatorial bulletins, present in the traditional Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. those inscriptions, painted and incised at the partitions of private and non-private structures, record facets of way of life within the first century A.D. Inscriptions, quite graffiti, have been frequently written by way of much less trained individuals of society, and as such offer an extraordinary glimpse of universal Latin.

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Cf. lïbëns; Crëscës, cognomen, nom. sg. , cf. Crëscëns; Prudës, cognomen, nom. sg. , cf. Prudëns. Hypercorrect spellings, in which n was written before s, were not infrequent. Examples are: Gangëns, cognomen, nom. sg. , cf. Gangës; formönsiörem, ‘more handsome,’ acc. sg. , cf. formösiörem; pariëns, ‘wall,’ nom. sg. , cf. pariës. Word-final Consonants m: The omission of word-final m was a feature characteristic of all varieties of Latin. We know from Latin metrics that word-final m was not pronounced when the next word began with a vowel.

2pomärï: nom. pl. masc. 2 2nd Declension Nominative/Vocative Plural. The suffix -ärius is used to form nouns indicating occupations. There are many such formations found in the wall inscriptions. 6. 171; VI, ix, 6–7; Via di Mercurio. 1 2 3 4 A · Vettium Firmum aed · o · v · f · dign · est Caprasia · cum · Nymphio · rog una · et · vicini · o v f The candidacy of Aulus Vettius Firmus belongs to the first half of the 70s AD. 1A: abbrev. for Aulum. 2ö · v · f: abbrev. for örö vös faciätis. 3Capräsia: note that the supporter is a female.

Again, this is a subject with extensive literature, but most of the books in this section have substantial bibliographical references. The topic of the final section is Vulgar Latin. Of particular importance here is Veikko Väänänen’s Le latin vulgaire des inscriptions pompeiennes, which is a comprehensive description of the linguistic features of the wall inscriptions. Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum Zangemeister, Carolus. 1871. Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum IV. Inscriptiones parietariae Pompeianae Herculanenses Stabianae.

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