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Ancient graffiti to street art: Rome walls tell a story

Published on Jul 13, 2014 12:14 PM

ROME (AFP) - Scribbling emotions on walls has been a tradition in Rome going back thousands of years and even the word "graffiti" was first used for markings found in the ruins of Pompeii.

The modern version could be the scrawls seen in maternity wards in the Italian capital: "Get a move on, auntie's waiting!", "Chiara is born!", "Welcome little Mattia!".

From wealthy neighbourhoods in the city's north to working class suburbs in the south, Romans are not shy about scrawling on walls - often with phrases in local dialect.

Anti-government satire, celebrations of football success and declarations of love - poetic or crude - can all be found alongside racist insults and fascist imagery.

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