Erotic grafitto

V(?) Bombycion

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Translation: Bombycion sucks
Findspot: Herculaneum, House of the Telephus Relief (InsulaOrientalisI.2)
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Language: Latin
Writing Style: Graffito/incised
  • Graffito Length: 6.5
  • Min Letter Height: 0.7
  • Max Letter Height: 2.1
Apparatus Criticus: Textus et mensurae secundum (1)
v. 1: BOMBYLION proponitur ut nomen graecum (2); aliter apud (1) ut nomen graecum BOMBUKION (1)
v. 1: lat.: 6,2; litt. alt.: 0,4-1,3
v. 2: lat.: 4,4; litt. alt.: 0,7-1,7
Bibliography: CIL 04, 10628 (1)
Gnomon, 45, 1973, p. 272 (H. Solin) (2)
Link to EDR: #EDR151897
Suggested Citation: 'Erotic grafitto', The Ancient Graffiti Project Search Engine, <> [accessed: 15 Dec 2017]

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