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Parchment and the history of books

By |2018-04-21T13:19:57+00:00July 27th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

Pseudo-Apuleius, Herbarium (about 600 AD, now in Leiden) Scribes carved the first writing on wet clay tablets, but soon after that, about 3000 BC, the Egyptians invented papyrus, and by about 500 BC most people in West Asia and the Mediterranean used papyrus for writing. They couldn't make papyrus, though, because papyrus reeds wouldn't grow in their countries, and they had to buy [...]

Nara period – Early medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:55+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Model of the Empress Genmei's imperial audience hall at Heijo, Nara Empress Genmei moved the capital of Japan to the new planned city of Nara in 710 AD. She wanted the move to help get more power into her own hands and out of the hands of other powerful Japanese families. Genmei succeeded in stopping [...]