The Chinese teen who scrawled some graffiti on an ancient relic in Egypt caused an uproar last month.
While Chinese officials and netizens gave the kid a really hard time, turns out the boy might have simply been channeling ancient Egyptian habits.
Remember that scene from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”? Brian is marking up a wall, and is caught by a Roman soldier who corrects his grammar. Well, that bit may contain more truth than you know.
In ancient times, graffiti didn’t connote vandalism as it does today.
Turns out graffiti was something done by the elite and well educated as a way, you might say, to show off good spelling.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Oxford University Egyptologist Chloé Ragazzoli about contemporary attitudes to ancient graffiti.
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