Zebra crossing in ancient Pompeii, Italy

What struck us while in Pompeii was these huge blocks of stone, put at some distance from one another on the street, joining two opposing pavements. We found out that they had been meant to prevent the Pompeii pedestrians from getting all soaked wet and dirty in what was flowing on the streets. The huge stones were thus a kind of a zebra crossing of our times.

Zebra crossing in ancient Pompeii - cart tracks

Notice long deep tracks in the street made by carts going by in ancient times.

Graffiti in ancient Pompeii, Italy

Graffiti, which seems to be typical of our times, can be found even in ancient cities, like Pompeii. Here are three great (and sweet, I think) examples of graffiti, probably made by Pompeian children (otherwise it must have been a very unskilled so-called artist;-)

The first, I believe, was supposed to represent a boat of some sort.

Graffiti in Pompeii, boat

The next one shows a fearsome (and quite fearless I'm sure) gladiator.

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