Prof. Frampton will present a history of the study and publication of ancient Roman graffiti from Herculaneum and Pompeii since their rediscovery in the 1740’s and will present for the first time new analysis of several graffiti from the public center of Herculaneum based on the fieldwork of the Herculaneum Graffiti Project. This is a prominent case in which ‘everyday writing’ helps us to identify and, more importantly, understand the everyday use of a public building in the Roman Empire. The new work confirms the identification of the building as the curia (assembly house) and refines our understanding of the social role of graffiti in the ancient city of Herculaneum.
The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures. A collaboration between Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, it offers seminar meetings for the Yale community and a series of public lectures by speakers across the field of book history.