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Gatekeepers of Knowledge by Deirdre Barron, Margaret Zeegers

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From the agora to the scriptoria

Before the agora

The Mesopotamian clay tablets dating from 2500 BCE (the now commonly accepted archaeological CE was originally meant as Christian Era, before it came to be read as Common Era, with BCE read as Before Common Era) give the first indications of the human realisation of the potential of writing things down. These were tablets that could fit in the hand, measuring 7.6 square centimetres, as well as larger ones of 63 square centimetres that people found useful for recording things that mattered to them. These form the earliest versions of what would be considered to be books, as several of the smaller tablets, ordered appropriately for handy retrieval of the information contained on them, could ...

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