MULTI-SIGNATURE BOOKS PAST AND PRESENT
“When books are bequeathed, rolls of papyrus, or of parchment and wood-slabs, are included, and codices as well. By the designation books, not merely rolls of papyrus, but also any kind of writing which is contained in anything, is understood.”
—IULIUS PAULUS (PRAETORIAN PREFECT), SENTENTIAE, BETWEEN 228 AND 235 CE
Our chronologically compressed perspective of record-keeping devices, also known as books, tends to flatten a few cultural dimensions in favor of linearity. ...