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There is plenty of evidence that people painted or etched graffiti in Ancient Rome.

I was curious whether and how the authorities removed the graffiti, did they paint over it or wash it off (and presumably paint back the original color)?

Especially with the etches, I can't imagine that would have been easy to remove. I couldn't find any sources in my search though I might not have been looking thorough enough.

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    What makes you think they removed the graffiti? – Semaphore Dec 21 '17 at 10:26
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    Obligatory Monty Python reference.... – Spencer Dec 21 '17 at 11:33
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    @Semaphore J. A. Baird and Claire Taylor, in their "Ancient Graffiti in Context", talk about 'layers of graffiti' (p. 8), which indicates that even if there was no systematic removal of graffiti they could be painted over from time to time. – James Cook Dec 21 '17 at 11:57
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    @JamesCook Yes, surely repainting has been carried out since the invention of painting buildings. I think these were usually private, e.g. by the owners, though. So I am wondering if there's evidence of the government systematically trying to remove graffiti, whether by painting or otherwise. – Semaphore Dec 21 '17 at 12:31
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    @StevenBurnap I think they would have. They already had been complaining that the youth was getting worse generation by generation. – jjack Dec 22 '17 at 20:36

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