“Graffiti Is a Form Of Art That Exists With a Rich History”

“Graffiti Is a Form Of Art That Exists With a Rich History”

 

 

Graffiti is usually known as a criminal act that is sprayed onto walls with spray paint. It is common in big cities like New York and Los Angeles. It is often not regarded as an art, but an act done by delinquents or gang members that want to mark their territory in their gang. It is often stereotyped as such, but what if I told you that there was actually a history behind it from even past civilizations? Modern graffiti was created in PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA in the early 1960’s in the United States, but we plan to go further behind. Graffiti from the past can give us insight of the events happening in the ancient countries with the graffiti, and can also activate our imaginations of what life was like for the average person in these old empires.

 

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Graffiti in Ancient Egypt: Graffiti started in Egypt during the Ptolemiac rule. They ruled Egypt for 275 years from 305 to 30 BC. They were the final imperial dynasty of Egypt. From  180-47 BC the Temple of Kom Ombo was being built. It held many artifacts, art, and godly figures that the Egyptians respected. There was even graffiti.

 

   This seems to be a drawing made by someone on a random temple stone. This art isn’t as sophisticated nor culturally important to the people living in Egypt at the time. The Kom Ombo temple seemed to be a place where people can express their love for gods, and ideas with art. This probably wasn’t the only instance of Egyptian graffiti.

 

Temple of Kom Ombo ^

 

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 Graffiti in Ancient Israel: The next instance of graffiti is a remnant of the Crusader wars. This art can be found in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. It contains holy sites is Christianity. It contained the place where Jesus was crucified. This place also contained past references of the Crusader wars, which were a serious a religious wars. Look at this graffiti in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it was made by the Crusaders which who placed many crosses and symbols. This was revolutionary because graffiti would grow to become symbols that make no sense.



 

 

 

 

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre ^

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