Here is a website that presents translations of some of the graffiti from Pompeii. It’s a wonderful hodge podge of the crude, tawdry and obscene that will tarnish the image that our ancestors spent all their time in togas contemplating the nature of the universe.
And to demonstrate that nothing is ever really new, we can see a 1st century equivalent of Yelp. How much did Roman restauranteurs wish they had recommendations like this!
Apelles the chamberlain with Dexter, a slave of Caesar, ate here most agreeably and had a screw at the same time.
Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t buy publicity like that.
And an earlier version of Facebook…I can picture a young lady excusing herself from the vomitorium and quickly scrawling this on the wall:
The man I am having dinner with is a barbarian.