Ides of August Album One  

Hartnett is interested in the placement of the electoral “posters” and the motivation behind that placement, as well as what that tells us about the ways Pompeii’s citizens lived. His studies and database have identified where many of these posters were clustered.

“Poster painters sought out highly visible places for these,” Hartnett said. “Certain wall spaces received much more attention than others.” Including public fountains, public altars, and the doorways around ancient 'laundromats!'

“Certain spaces were better for political posturing,” said Hartnett, adding that officials named on these posters were already in office—the posters were important for social status.

Read Professor Hartnett's writing from a recent immersion trip to Turkey with Wabash students here.


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