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Pompeii’s Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media

Pompeii’s Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media

The Atlantic - Adrienne LaFrance

From Roman walls to Twitter, humans have a long-standing obsession with leaving their mark. The oldest known graffiti at Pompeii also happens to be among the simplest: Gaius was here. Or, more precisely, “Gaius Pumidius Diphilus was here,” along with a time stamp, which historians have dated to …

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