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27 07, 2017

Parchment and the history of books

By |2019-06-01T13:54:12-07:00July 27th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|0 Comments

Pseudo-Apuleius, Herbarium (about 600 AD, now in Leiden) Papyrus came first Scribes carved the first writing on wet clay tablets, but soon after that, about 3000 BC, the Egyptians invented papyrus. By about 500 BC most people in West Asia and the Mediterranean used papyrus for writing. What is papyrus? Making papyrus Invention of writing Who invented the alphabet? All our West [...]

27 07, 2017

Nara period – Early medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

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 [...]