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An imprecise term: for antiquity it is primarily taken to mean ‘incised inscription’ ─ especially in contrast to the ‘dipinti’, painted inscriptions. On the one hand, though, not everything scratched on was thought of as graffiti (e.g. a letter on a  writing tablet, a Mycenaean clay tablet with  Linear B or an inscription on Etruscan  mirrors and  Praenestine cistae), and on the other, hardly any ancient type of text or any ancient writing medium (concerning form and  writing utensils) is limited exclusively to graffiti. Finally, sketches can also be labell…

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Wachter, Rudolf (Basle), “Graffiti”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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