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Ancient Roman Comics with Speech Bubbles

Ancient Roman Comics with Speech Bubbles

2018 witnessed a rare and interesting excavation in the ancient Roman tomb. The archaeologists found it in the northern Jordanian town of Beit Ras. This ancient Roman comics consists of a collections of striking paintings full of speech bubbles.

The underground tomb or the hypogeum measured 550 square feet and held two separate chambers. The archaeologists agreed that they were nothing other than than the funeral chambers. Four paintings were in the main room featuring 260 gods, humans, and animals.

In the central painting, the officiant made a sacrifice to the Capitolias’s deities. Capitolias is now Beit Ras. The second painting depicted the farmers working on the site. The oxen were helping them and they were chopping down the trees with the aid of their gods. The third painting featured the ancient Roman building a fort with some of the builders getting into the accidents. The last painting illustrated the priest making sacrifice to other deities.

A story of settling down?

The archaeologists and insightful scholars believed that the paintings were trying to tell a story. The ancient creators of the paintings arranged the paintings in the order. First, the people turned for the gods to ask for advice which might be where to settle down or to construct the fort. The workers then followed the words of the deities and constructed their society by building fort and developing the land. The community then showed their gratitude to the gods.

Two workers building the stones in the process of building the fort. Ancient roman comics
Two workers cutting the stones in the process of building the fort. The archaeologists found out the bubble speeches saying that “I am cutting stone” and “Alas for me! I am dead”.

The most exciting part of the discovery in this ancient Roman comics is the text accompanying the images. More than 60 inscriptions were found in the site. They were attempting to explain the images as the archaeologists believed. They were giving the voice to the characters on the walls.

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