By Rex E. Wallace

This variation is a consultant collection of many of the kinds 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, rfile elements of way of life within the first century A.D. Inscriptions, relatively graffiti, have been frequently written by means of much less proficient contributors of society, and as such supply a unprecedented glimpse of universal Latin.

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1 2 3 Cn · Helvium Sabinum · aed · Isiaci universi · rog For the date of the candidacy see I, 1, 14. ’ The temple of Isis, of which there are significant remains standing today, is located at VIII, vii, 28. Dipinti from Pompeii 11 28. 1048; I, iv, 19–20; Via dell’Abbondanza. 1 2 3 Q · P · P · iuvenem aed · ovf · d · r · p Sabinus · rog · copo 1Q · P · P: abbrev. for Quïntum Postumium Proculum. His candidacy belongs to the final 10 years of the city. 1iuvenem: technically, this noun refers to an adult male up to the age of 45.

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As noted earlier, one of the pervasive features of programmata and edicta munerum is the great number of abbreviations. Abbreviations such as o · v · f or ovf (örö vös faciätis) are so common that they can easily be committed to memory. For common abbreviations, then, the first occurrence is flagged in the notes but subsequent xlii Introduction occurrences are not, and so the reader must be prepared to memorize the abbreviations or refer to the list of abbreviations located at the end of the text.

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