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Article on Ancient Graffiti in Smithsonian Magazine

July’s Smithsonian magazine featured a fascinating article about how we can increase our understanding of historical periods by studying ancient graffiti. Read the full article.

Rebecca Benefiel, Assistant Professor of Classics at Washington and Lee University and contributor to the upcoming book, Ancient Graffiti in Context, says that contrary to what some scholars have believed, graffiti was prevalent among all groups across the ancient world. In recent years, the study of this form of self-expression has become more popular with contemporary scholars, as they find it allows them to take a closer look at society in ancient times.

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