Wednesday, 16 January 2013

An article in Scientific American

An article of interest: 

Pompeii "Wall Posts" Reveal Ancient Social Networks  

"Ancient Pompeii’s political elite vied for advertising space on the “private walls” of wealthy citizens  Think of it as the earliest version of the Facebook wall post: Ancient Pompeii residents revealed their social networks through graffiti on actual walls.  Now, a new analysis of some of these scribbled messages reveals the walls of the wealthy were highly sought after, especially for political candidates hoping to drum up votes. The findings suggest that Pompeii homeowners may have had some control over who got artistic on their walls, said study researcher Eeva-Maria Viitanen, an archaeologist at the University of Helsinki." ...

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