Unexpected voices. The graffiti in the cryptoporticus of the Horti Sallustiani and papers from a conference on graffiti at the Swedish Institute in Rome, 7 march 2003
By Olof Brandt (ed.)
This volume presents the results of a collaboration between the Swedish Institute in Rome and the Embassy of the United States of America in Rome. The object of the research was a cryptoporticus, part of the ancient Horti Sallustiani, in the area of the American Embassy, and especially the graffiti found on the walls of the cryptoporticus, which were also decorated with paintings. The cryptoporticus, which is dated to the first century AD, was excavated in 1949–1950 and in the 1990s, but the graffiti have never been completely published. In this publication, all the graffiti are discussed and dated. Some belong to Late Antiquity, others were made in the 16th and 17th centuries. The study of these graffiti gives important information about the later fate of the first-century cryptoporticus. Several unpublished fragments of wall-paintings are also presented, and more general historic and archaeological aspects of the cryptoporticus are discussed.
Part of the project was the first conference ever dedicated exclusively to graffiti. The papers of this conference discuss definitions and new methods for the study of graffiti and present graffiti from Rome, such as those from the Palatine (Casa di Augusto), ex Vigna Chiaraviglio close to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, and from the Baths of Trajan, but also from Pompeii and Ostia.
Olof Brandt & Valeria Brunori | Introduction
Part 1. The graffiti in the cryptoporticus of the Horti Sallustiani
Valeria Brunori | The Horti Sallustiani and Villa Ludovisi—location site of the cryptoporticus. Historical and topographical notes
Olof Brandt | A fresh look at the cryptoporticus in the area of the Embassy of the United States of America in Rome
Barbara Ferrini | Roma, Horti Sallustiani: affreschi inediti dal criptoportico di via Friuli
Anna Holst Blennow | The graffiti in the cryptoporticus of the Horti Sallustiani in the area of the Embassy of the United States of America in Rome
Valeria Brunori | An unpublished charcoal sketch
Part 2. Voci inaspettate
Olof Brandt & Valeria Brunori | Giornata di studi “Voci inaspettate – esperienze nello studio dei graffiti antichi” 7 marzo 2003
Heikki Solin | Introduzione allo studio dei graffiti parietali
Antonio Varone | Inseguendo un’utopia. L’apporto delle nuove tecnologie informatiche alla lettura “obiettiva” delle iscrizioni parietali
Carlo Carletti | Nuovi graffiti devozionali nell’area cimiteriale di S. Sebastiano a Roma
Discussione sull’intervento di Anna Holst Blennow
Claudia Lega | Le iscrizioni parietali del Barco Borghese a Monte Porzio Catone (RM)
Rita Volpe | Le iscrizioni parietali dipinte delle Terme di Traiano
Olof Brandt (ed), Unexpected voices. The graffiti in the cryptoporticus of the Horti Sallustiani and papers from a conference on graffiti at the Swedish Institute in Rome, 7 march 2003 (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Rom, 4°, 59), Stockholm 2008. ISSN: 0081-993X. ISBN: 978-91-7042-175-4. Soft cover: 188 pages.