It is thus conjectured that the earliest Indo-European writings may have been carved on beech wood. History This article needs additional citations for verification.
Sumerian clay tabletcurrently housed in the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicagoinscribed with the text of the poem Inanna and Ebih by the priestess Enheduannathe first author whose name is known  Clay tablets were used in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC.
The calamus, an instrument in the form of a triangle, was used to make characters in moist clay.
People used to use fire to dry the tablets out. At Ninevehover 20, tablets were found, dating from the 7th century BC; this was the archive and library of the kings of Assyriawho had workshops of copyists and conservationists at their disposal.
This presupposes a degree of organization with respect to books, consideration given to conservation, classification, etc. Tablets were used right up until the 19th century in various parts of the world, including Germany, Chile, Philippines and the Saharan Desert.
Many clay tablets have been found that show cuneiform writing used to record legal contracts, create lists of assets, and eventually to record Sumerian literature and myths. Scribal schools have been found by archaeologists from as early as the second millennium BCE where students were taught the art of writing.
Papyrus Egyptian Papyrus After extracting the marrow from the stems of Papyrus reed, a series of steps humidification, pressing, drying, gluing, and cutting produced media of variable quality, the best being used for sacred writing.
The script of Egyptian scribes was called hieraticor sacerdotal writing; it is not hieroglyphicbut a simplified form more adapted to manuscript writing hieroglyphs usually being engraved or painted.
Egyptians exported papyrus to other Mediterranean civilizations including Greece and Rome where it was used until parchment was developed. Some books, such as the history of the reign of Ramses IIIwere over 40 meters long.
Books rolled out horizontally; the text occupied one side, and was divided into columns. The title was indicated by a label attached to the cylinder containing the book. Many papyrus texts come from tombs, where prayers and sacred texts were deposited such as the Book of the Deadfrom the early 2nd millennium BC.
East Asia[ edit ] A Chinese bamboo book Before the introduction of books, writing on boneshells, wood and silk was prevalent in China long before the 2nd century BC, until paper was invented in China around the 1st century AD.
China's first recognizable books, called jiance or jiandu, were made of rolls of thin split and dried bamboo bound together with hemp, silk, or leather.
The format of the book evolved with intermediate stages of scrolls folded concertina -style, scrolls bound at one edge "butterfly books" and so on.
Although there is no exact date known, between and AD—The period of the Tang Dynasty—the first printing of books started in China. This process was incredibly time-consuming. These were thought to have existed since the time of the Classical Period between the 3rd and 8th centuries, CE.
Many of these codices were thought to contain astrological information, religious calendars, knowledge about the gods, genealogies of the rulers, cartographic information, and tribute collection.
Many of these codices were stored in temples but were ultimately destroyed by the Spanish explorers. The Maya, along with several other cultures in Mesoamericaconstructed concertina-style books written on Amate paper. Nearly all Mayan texts were destroyed by the Spanish during colonization on cultural and religious grounds.
One of the few surviving examples is the Dresden Codex. Florentine Codex[ edit ] There are more than 2, illustrations drawn by native artists that represent this era. The Florentine Codex speaks about the culture religious cosmology and ritual practices, society, economics, and natural history of the Aztec people.
The manuscript are arranged in both the Nahuatl language and in Spanish. The English translation of the complete Nahuatl text of all twelve volumes of the Florentine Codex took ten years. Anderson and Charles Dibble had a decade of long work but made it an important contribution to Mesoamerican ethnohistory.
Years later, inthe Mexican government published a full-color volume of the Florentine Codex. Now, sinceit is available digitally and fully accessible to those interested in Mexican and Aztec History. The Florentine Codex is a 16th century ethnographic research study brought about by the Spanish Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagun.
The Florentine Codex consist of twelve books. It is pages long but divided into the twelve books by categories such as; The Gods, Ceremonies, Omens, and other cultural aspects of Aztec people.
Wax tablets[ edit ] Woman holding wax tablets in the form of the codex. Wall painting from Pompeiibefore 79 AD. Romans used wax-coated wooden tablets or pugillares upon which they could write and erase by using a stylus.
One end of the stylus was pointed, and the other was spherical. Usually these tablets were used for everyday purposes accounting, notes and for teaching writing to children, according to the methods discussed by Quintilian in his Institutio Oratoria X Chapter 3.
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