Pompeii Graffiti from the House of Dioscuri - Gladiator Holding Palm Leaf

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A drawing of one section of the graffiti found on the house of Dioscuri in Pompeii. A gladiator descends a set of stairs and holds a palm leaf in his left hand. There is a second palm leaf, alone, behind the gladiator. Under the man the text reads, “Campani victoria una cum Nucerinis peristis", which translates as “Campanians, you perished together with the Nucerians in victory". The text refers to a riot that took place in the Pompeiian amphitheater in AD 59.


Samuel Bannister Harding, Ph.D., Assisted by Margaret Snodgrass, A.M. The Story of Europe: From the Times of the Ancient Greeks to the Colonization of America, An Elementary History for the Sixth Grade, Based Upon the Report of the Committee of Eight to the American Historical Association (Chicago, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1912) 100


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