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Writing materials
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I. Writing media

In Antiquity, a large variety of media were used as writing support. Modern scholarship divides them into inorganic and organic materials.

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A. Inorganic

An inorganic medium for writing is natural rock on which inscriptions were chiselled; they are found in Egypt and in the mountains of to the east Mesopotamia from the 2nd half of the 3rd millennium BC. An early example from Greece are the inscriptions of Thera (IG XII 3,536-601; 1410-1493) fr…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Hurschmann, “Writing materials”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1104600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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