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Latin graffiti at Pompeii

Updated Wednesday 11th September 2013

The writing's on the wall—read the graffiti left by residents of the ancient town of Pompeii, preserved by a volcanic eruption

The 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Italy completely consumed and buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Upon their rediscovery and subsequent excavation many hundreds of years later, achaeologists discovered an era so intimately preserved that they could read graffiti on the walls of buildings.

In the slideshows below, Dr Joanna Paul takes a closer look.

Fun and games on the walls of Pompeii

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Love and hate on the walls of Pompeii

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Politics and business on the walls of Pompeii

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