From the Mundane to the Divine: Pompeiian Graffiti and Augury Fortunes for Archaeology Day
Sponsored by Eta Sigma Phi, University of Florida
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm

University of Florida
Reitz Union Colonnade
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

The citizens of Pompeii immortalized sometimes mundane but fascinating details of their lives in the graffiti they left behind. We will encourage passersby to view books and other handouts on graffiti at Pompeii and then record their own graffiti on a provided sheet of cardboard or poster paper. This graffiti will be inspired by the graffiti found at Pompeii, yet will be about the authors' lives and experiences at the University of Florida. Participants will learn about the graffiti left behind at Pompeii and engage in the same deliberations as the ancient citizens of Pompeii in deciding what details of their lives to record and leave behind for an imagined posterity.

In addition, we will have a station to conduct pseudo-augury sessions, where participants' fortunes will be read from the "entrails" from a "bird," in this case individually-wrapped candies and a backpack, respectively. Augury was used as a reliable means of guiding one's life and make crucial decisions, much like the horoscopes of today. We hope participants will enjoy experiencing ancient divination practices and will connect them to modern times.

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