Graffiti are an often neglected but crucial witness to everyday life of ancient civilizations. The Aramaic graffiti from Hatra (North Iraq) can make an invaluable contribution in this sense, distributed as they were in various buildings throughout this city which flourished between the 1st and the 3rd century AD. Thanks to an effective interaction between epigraphy and archaeology, Marco Moriggi and Ilaria Bucci offer a thorough analysis of the Aramaic graffiti from Hatra as documented by the Archive of the Missione Archeologica Italiana (Turin). In addition to the edition of 48 published and 37 unpublished graffiti, this study further includes the concordances of numbers of all Hatran texts published so far and full archaeological information about the graffiti.
Marco Moriggi, Ph.D. (2003) Semitic Linguistics (Firenze), is Associate Professor in Semitic Philology at the Università di Catania. He has published on various Aramaic varieties, including Syriac. He is a former member of the Missione Archeologica Italiana a Hatra.
Ilaria Bucci is a PhD student in Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. She has contributed to several publications on Parthian Iraq and Iran. She is a member of the Missione Archeologica Italiana a Hatra.
All interested in Mesopotamian Aramaic epigraphy, Parthian archaeology, Hatra and its history, Aramaic dialectology, ancient graffiti, graffiti in ancient Near Eastern civilizations, Cultural Heritage of Iraq.