Wednesday, December 1

Facts about Styluses and Tablets

Stylus and Tablet Facts

Did you know that the Stylus and Tablet have been around for a very long time? A weird but true fact! The first stylus and tablet date all the way back to the ancient Mesopotamian time period. Cuneiform is a writing system that was developed by the Ancient Mesopotamians. They would use a stylus which was made of reed to scratch writing into their clay tablets. Reed is similar to a stick. One end of their stylus had a sharp point for writing and the other end had a flat end to scratch off the writing if they made a mistake. How cool is that? Our technology sure has advanced over the years and has become much easier to use.


Facts about the Stylus and Tablets:

1. The plural noun of stylus is styli or styluses.

2. A reed stylus was a writing tool that was used by the scribes of ancient Mesopotamians. Scribes were very important people who were trained to write using cuneiform so they could record important stuff on their tablets with their styluses.

3. Tablets in the ancient times were made from clay, stone, wax paper, parchment, or papyrus.

4. Ancient Styluses were made from reed, iron, bronze, or bone.

5. The Ancient Roman's called their writing tablets a diptych. A diptych was similar to a book. It had a hinge that allowed the writing tablet to fold so it could protect the writing on the waxed surfaces of the paper.  

6. A Tabula was a wax tablet used by the Ancient Romans for writing.

7. Cuneiform is the oldest form of writing, and it dates back to around 3200 BCE.

There is a bible verse that states that everything we have, has already been. Read it here... “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and GOD requireth that which is past”-Ecclesiastes 3:15


Can you share a fact with us about the ancient or today’s styluses and writing tablets?


Books about Cuneiform and Ancient writing:

1. Sumerian Mythology: History for kids: by Dinobibi Publishing

2. Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts by Irving Finkel

3. Children's Encyclopedia of Ancient History: by Philip Steele

4. Ox, House, Stick: by Don Robb

Parents make sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.


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