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Writing tablets
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The use of wooden tablets (δέλτος/déltos, cf. Hdt. 8,135, or δελτίον/deltíon, cf. Hdt. 7,239) coated with wax for the transmission of written messages (therefore in the form of a letter, Pl. Ep. 312d) appears to have been known to the Greeks from the end of the 8th cent. BC (Writing). In this context, the Homeric epic (Hom. Il. 6,168-170) speaks of a πίναξ πτυκτός/pínax ptyktós (cf. Hdt. 7,239: δελτίον δίπτυχον/deltíon díptychon). The folding wooden tablet (Diptychon) consisted of two panels connected with a hinge; their inner sides, covered with a laye…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Writing tablets”, 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 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1104650>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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