Graffitis at Dura Europos

Remains of the synagogue at Dura Europos

Remains of the synagogue at Dura Europos

Who was Mr. Hiya that he dared to scrawl his name at least three times on the doorposts and walls of the synagogue in Dura Europos? A blasphemer? Or just a little schmuck like men who wrote ‘Kilroy was here!’ whose fools’ names and fools’ faces always appear in public places…?

Kilroy Was Here!

Kilroy first showed up on graffiti left by a mysterious American soldier during the landing in Normandy in 1944 — or so it was said: no one really knows how the meme began. But thousands of ‘Kilroy was here’ drawings were scratched and sketched everywhere in Europe during the last years of World War II, especially in newly captured areas or landings, often in the most risky places, and so the phrase became connected with the presence of US troops. The big Kilroy graffiti fad ended in the 1950s, but today people all over the world still scribble that bald-headed character and ‘Kilroy was here’ in schools, trains, and other similar public areas.

In short, Kilroy is a pain. Graffiti often is.



Graffiti is defined as any writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed on a wall or other surface in a place where it didn’t originally belong.* It’s never part of the intended decoration. Graffiti ranges from simple written words, especially names, to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed for millennia — with countless examples dating back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and all over the Roman empire.

Continued at “I AM HIYA!”


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