Oro Vos Faciatis

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Oro Vos Faciatis
Election Graffiti of Pompeii
A Wall of Pompeii
“Rogant”
M. Marium aed. faci. oro vos
 I ask you to make Marcus Marius aedile.
 N.B.:
 Name: Accusative
 aed. faci. = aedilem faciatis
M. Mari. v.b.o.c.
 I ask you colonists to elect Marcus Marius, a good man.
 N.B.:
 v.b. = virum bonum
 o.c. = oro, coloni
P. Carpin. IIv v.b.o.v.f.
 I ask you to make Publius Carpinius duovir, a good man.
 N.B.:
 IIv: duumvirum
 v.b.: virum bonum
 o.v.f.: oro vos faciatis
P. Fur. IIv. v.b.o.v.f.
 ELECT Publius Furius duovir, a good man.
 N.B.:
 IIv: duumvirum
 v.b.: virum bonum
 o.v.f.: oro vos faciatis
N. Veium IIv v.b.o.v col.
 Colonists, ELECT Numerius Veius duovir, a good man.
 N.B.:
 IIv: duumvirum
 v.b.: virum bonum
 o.v. col.: oro vos, coloni
L. Aqutium d.v.v.b.o.v.c.
 Colonists, ELECT Lucius Aqutius duovir, a good man.
 N.B.:
 d.v.: duumvirum
 v.b.: virum bonum
 o.v.c.: oro vos, coloni
C. Iulium Polybium aedilem o.v.
panem bonum fert.
 (I ask you to make) Gaius Iulius Polybius aedile; he offers
good bread.
 N.B.:
 o.v. = oro vos [faciatis]
Bruttium Balbum IIvirum Genialis
rog.
Hic aerarium conservabit.
 Genialis asks you to make Bruttius Balbus Duovir. He will
maintain the treasury.
 N.B.:
 IIvirum = duumvirum
 rog. = rogat [ut vos faciatis]
Ti. Claudium verum IIvir. vicini
rogant.
 The neighbors ask you to make Tiberius Claudius Verus
duovir.
 N.B.:
 IIvir.= duumvirum
Postumium Proculum aed.
offectores rog.
 The dyers ask you to make Postumius Proculus aedile.
 N.B.:
 aed. = aedilem
 rog. = rogant
Trebium aed. tonsores.
 The barbers [ask you to make] Trebium aedile.
 N.B.:
 aed. = aedilem
Trebium aed. o.v.f. clibinari rog.
 The jar-makers ask you to make Trebius aedile.
 N.B.:
 aed. = aedilem
 o.v.f. = oro vos faciatis
 rog. = rogant
C. Gavium Rufum IIvir. o.v.f. utilem
r.p.
Vesonius Primus rogat.
 I ask you to make Gaius Gavius Rufus duovir, he is useful to
the republic. Vesonius Primus asks this.
 N.B.:
 IIvir. = duumvirum
 o.v.f. = oro vos faciatis
 utilem r.p. = utilem rei publicae
M. Holconium Priscum, C Gavium
Rufum IIvir.
Phoebus cum emptoribus suis
rogat.
 Marcus Holconius Priscus and Gaius Gavius Rufus for
duoviri. Phoebus and his customers ask this.
 N.B.:
 IIvir. = duumvirum
C. Cuspium Pansa aed. aurifices
universi rog.
 All the goldsmiths ask you to make Gaius Cuspius Pansa
aedile.
 N.B.:
 aed. = aedilem
 rog. = rogant
Cn. Helvium Sabinum isiaci rog.
 The worshipers of Isis ask [you to elect] Gnaeus Helvius
Sabinus.
 N.B.:
 rog. = rogant
M. Holconium Priscum i.d. pomari
universi cum Helvio Vestale rog.
 All fruit-sellers with HelviusVestalis ask you to elect Marcus
Holconius Priscus for interpreting the law.
 N.B.:
 i.d. = iure dicendo
 rog. = rogant
Sallustium Capitonem aed o.v.f.
caupones facite.
 I ask you to elect Sallustius Capito aedile. Do it, innkeepers!
 N.B.:
 aed = aedilem
 o.v.f. = oro vos faciatis
Verum aed. o.v.f. unguentari facite
rog.
 I ask you to make Verus aedile. I ask you to do it, ointment-
sellers!
 N.B.:
 aed = aedilem
 o.v.f. = oro vos faciatis
 rog. = rogo
M. Cerrinium Vatia aed. o.v.f.
seribibi universi rogant. Scripsit
Florus Fructo.
 I ask you to elect Marcus CerriniusVatia aedile; all the
alcoholics ask this. Florus wrote this for Fructus.
 N.B.:
 aed = aedilem
 o.v.f. = oro vos faciatis
Vatiam aed. furunculi rogant.
Claudium IIvir. animula facit.
 The pickpockets ask you to elect Vatia aedile. The small-mind
will make Claudius duovir.
 N.B.:
 aed = aedilem
 IIvir = duumvirum
 facit = translate as if “faciet”

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