Brill’s New Pauly

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I. Cultural history

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A. Wood tablet-codex

The codex (from codex, ‘tree trunk’, ‘wood’) was originally a stack of wooden tablets prepared for writing on. Writing-tablets, together with papyrus scrolls, are attested in Pharaonic Egypt from very early on, as also in the Near East (tablets are extant from at least the 8th cent. BC). They are also attested (likewise indirectly) from as early as archaic and classical Greece; the earliest extant fin…

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Cavallo, Guglielmo (Rome) and Voß, Wulf Eckart (Osnabrück), “Codex”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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