Database for The Scratched Voices Begging to be Heard: The Graffiti of Pompeii and Today

Creator(s): Alexa Rose

Year: 2018

Summary

Pompeii graffiti offers a glimpse of the real people of Pompeii. Yet, there has been very few databases made of this resource and the ones that have been made are not digital, inaccessible or incomplete. My project is to make a database of graffiti from Pompeii that is the most complete and with known placement is known. For this I will use Victor Hunink’s Oh Happy Place: Pompeii in 1000 graffiti and also my personal survey of graffiti from Pompeii. The database is made within excel, as it is the most user friendly program, can be converted to numerous statistical programs and can be limited to user preferences based on categories, placement and etc., organized by columns with useful headings to organize the placement and other useful information. In order to demonstrate the utility of Pompeii graffiti I will run various statistical tests based on the qualitative graffiti data. In reviewing the database, I separated the graffiti into the categories romantic, sexual, reference, violence, civic, greeting and religious based upon modern graffiti, thus making it more easily interpreted by younger generations. I found various authors demonstrating underrepresented groups in Roman history such as women, children and foreigners. I was able to discern literacy levels of the populus on a scale of 1 to 3, to show the diversity of literacy in Pompeii. Finally, I was able to find correlations of graffiti either spatially, using the known placement of the graffiti, and socio-economically, using Miko Flohr’s database of housing structures and popularity of roadways for public structures. My database will be shared publicly, with the goal of showing the utility of graffiti as a source for examining the Romans, sparking interest in younger generations by relating ancient graffiti to modern graffiti and creating accessibility to Pompeii graffiti as a resource.

Cite this Record

Database for The Scratched Voices Begging to be Heard: The Graffiti of Pompeii and Today. Alexa Rose. Tempe, AZ: Barrett, the Honors College. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445837) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8TH8QJ5

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Data Set Structure

Measurement Column
Count Column
Coded Column
Filename Column
Integration Column (has Ontology)

Table Information: Ancient Graffiti

Column Name Data Type Type Category Coding Sheet Ontology
comments VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Socio-economic status VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Flohr Score VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Image VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Foreign language VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Repetition VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Meter VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Work VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Written by VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Category VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Famous House VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Context type general VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Context type specific VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
In org. language VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Literacy (1-3) BIGINT  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
org. VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
In English VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
found? VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Entrance VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Insula VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
Reggio VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none
CIL IV # VARCHAR  Uncoded Value uncategorized none none

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Alexa Rose

Contributor(s): Joseph O'Neill; Paul Arena

Notes

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File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
Roman-Graffiti.xlsx 106.35kb May 17, 2018 May 17, 2018 1:57:02 PM Public
Database of the graffiti