I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags. Even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. A Little Princess (1995, dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
Just a reminder that Alfonso Cuarón brought us one of the most beautiful movies ever.
Pompeii opens this weekend (in the US), and because everything about it appears terrible (Except Jon Snow’s abs. Those I will accept. Note to George R.R. Martin: get Jon off the wall and down to Dorne so we can see more of Kit Harrington’s ab routine results in future seasons of the show.) let’s all read about art and grafitti in Pompeii.
Dionysos at Pompeii: “The importance of decoration in providing an insight into the lives of Pompeian homeowners has been increasingly stressed since the 1980s. A house was an important tool for the owner to exploit in order to impress his clientele and so to compete in the public sphere. Paintings in particular have been understood to support the role of the house as communications centre, providing messages about the owner and acting as signposts to direct viewers around the house.”
SAFAITIC GRAFFITI FROM POMPEII: “In 1986, Prof. Paavo Castren, author of the Ordo Populusque Pompeianus, asked me to identify a number of inscriptions he had seen on a wall of the small theatre in Roman Pompeii. To my great surprise, I discovered that the inscriptions in question were in Safaitic, a geographical definition for a particular form of Early North Arabian. Outside the Arabian Peninsula, this is the first time that Safaitic has been found in the Roman West.”
The Libraries of Pompeii: “Even more striking…is the pervasiveness of the theme of reading and writing in the less important parts of the wall decorations. In the great frieze of the Villa dei Misteri a young boy read from a scroll, very likely doing his lessons under the, tutelage of his mother, who sits beside him and holds another scroll.”