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Ancient Roman soldier carved a phallus with a personal insult in this stone

Old 16th Jun 2022, 18:52
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Ancient Roman soldier carved a phallus with a personal insult in this stone

You have to admire the forethought behind making a childish insult last 2000 years - Hats off to this chap!

...and the dedication because it must have taken quite a while

https://arstechnica.com/science/2022...ent-roman-fort


Mind you, he was in the army
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 21:42
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Sounds like he was a right pain in the arse

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and what happened to his brother who went first?

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Are we sure itís not a depiction an early Roman torpedo? These Romans were very advanced for their era.
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Old 16th Jun 2022, 23:37
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Hard to make out what the carving actually says. If "cacor" the penis seems redundant unless it's telling the story of a relationship that went wrong.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 00:27
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The (annoyingly-written) article eventually tells you what their experts think it actually says. Unfortunately it doesnít tell how how they reached such a conclusion. Leap of faith? Seriously illiterate soldier?
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One of the armouries at Holdsworthy when I was there in the early 1970s had been cells for defaulters during WW II, and was creatively decorated with artwork by prisoners.
Unfortunately, an RSM of the "If it moves salute it, if it doesn't move paint it" school had everything painted over with several coats of whit paint. Pity, some of the artwork was quite creative.
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One of the guys I used to work with, his father had been out in Egypt during the war.

He was watching some programme about the pyramids and the like and the presenter was pointing out the graffiti damage left by the troops who were stationed there and low and behold she pointed at his dads name and number
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 06:02
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Many years ago I bought a small antique bronze Roman phallus as an interesting object. With a small ring on top it could hang from a key ring. I have never been able to find someone to give it to as a suitable present.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 07:24
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Originally Posted by annakm View Post
Are we sure itís not a depiction an early Roman torpedo? These Romans were very advanced for their era.
I think it may be one of Erich von Daniken's spaceships; the long range version, with drop-tanks.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 07:43
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This reminds me of a bloke I knew who was of Italian descent and worked as a builder. He always wanted to have painted on the side of his work ute the motto "I came. I saw. I concreted" but in Latin.

Sadly, he never got around to it!

Btw, can any Latin Scholars here post that motto?
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A submariner I knew kept using the expression "wancer". When we asked, he said that a piece of graffito had appeared in the boats heads saying "The bosun is a wancer"
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I wonder if this one will also last 2000 years: https://www.azfamily.com/2022/06/15/...g-controversy/
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 08:12
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
This reminds me of a bloke I knew who was of Italian descent and worked as a builder. He always wanted to have painted on the side of his work ute the motto "I came. I saw. I concreted" but in Latin.

Sadly, he never got around to it!

Btw, can any Latin Scholars here post that motto?
I think I'm right in saying that it would be "Veni, vidi, concrevi".
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:24
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
I think I'm right in saying that it would be "Veni, vidi, concrevi".
I prefer:

"Veni, Vidi, Velcro"
"I came, I saw, I stuck around"

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Old 17th Jun 2022, 09:39
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Originally Posted by oxenos View Post
A submariner I knew kept using the expression "wancer". When we asked, he said that a piece of graffito had appeared in the boats heads saying "The bosun is a wancer"
Lovely, touchť, and this had me laughing.

By the way I was tempted to post a photo above but even after 2,000 years I still hesitate.
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Old 17th Jun 2022, 13:18
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
I wonder if this one will also last 2000 years: https://www.azfamily.com/2022/06/15/...g-controversy/
Not sure I'll be able to manage that.
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While in Morocco many years ago we took an excursion to some ancient ruins. As we were shown around the guide pointed out the "deduced" function of the various buildings from things carved on the door posts or lintels. One building had what was clearly a Phallus carving by the door which the guide said, a bit tongue in cheek, may be a bakers, see it is a bread stick! Other interpretations suggest a brothel, I'll let you make your own minds up. And then he moved onto the next building.

Of course, it might have been a canon maker, there were two canon balls carved by it.

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Old 17th Jun 2022, 13:43
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A baguette and two rolls then?
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Long history of obscene graffiti -
in the Maes Howe neolithic tomb in Orkney (dating back to ~2800 BC), there are runes left by Vikings who broke into the tomb around 1153 AD.
One of them translates “ Thorni f*cked, Helgi carved ”…
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Absolutely!

Since the site dated from before metal casting it probably was not a canon.

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