Chaniotis Explains Ancient Greek Graffiti

92499807308d9822500f8d129c2db092Angelos Chaniotis, the Greek professor of Ancient History and Classics in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton university gave a speech under the title Graffiti in the Ancient City – Images and Voices of Daily Life, on April 17 in Thessaloniki

He was invited by the Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service of Anatolia College, the American College of Thessaloniki.

Chaniotis says that ancient graffiti works are “illustrations of ancient voices and emotions on the rock” and adds that “most of them are spontaneous creations, engraved during the night by individuals in stimulation, or drunk and jolly – a fact that makes their interpretation difficult but their value, as historical sources, great. As far as their content is concerned, they are characterized of sex discriminations, sexual overtures, competitiveness, insults, sexual preference declaration, dominance and demonstration…”

The Greek professor located, collected and studied more than 4,000 ancient graffiti’s during his participation in New York University’s excavation in the ancient city of Aphrodisia, which lies in inland Caria in the Meander river basin, 230 kilometers southeast of the port of Izmir (ancient Smyrna). It is one of the most important archaeological sites of the late Hellenistic and Roman period in Turkey.

Chaniotis found thousands of graffiti examples engraved or carved on the marble which varied in content: board games, prayers, religious symbols, names, obscenities and nasty images to humiliate the opponent in case of sporting or other competitions.

 


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  • Alex

    What does the leftist writer of this article care about anything Greek?

    All the leftist “Greeks” of Greek Reporter seem to care about is pleasing their foreign comrades. They behave nearly identically to the Skopians. Boast about ancient artifacts that they did not personally create and rant about Greeks. Where exactly is the Greek part to be found?

    No Greek that understands anything whatsover about Greek culture would ever support an INVASION of our homeland by illegals. Only a pseudo-Greek would confuse imported leftist ideology as representative of Greek culture.

    Perhaps we should build a giant made-in-Italy Alexander statue to show everyone how we are the “real” Greeks to compliment our Alexander-land where we can have Disney rides just like ancient Greeks?

    Here I though Hellenic culture helped defined Greekness but it seems I was mistaken. Apparently Am-nasty International, the Guardian, and everyone else that pretends not to notice the Skopians defines Greekness for us. Our leftist certainly agree.