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(γραφίς/graphís, γραφεῖον/grapheîon; Latin stilus, graphium).

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[1] Tool for drawing

Tool for drawing, also called a drawing- (or ruling)-pen, see Construction technique, Building trade.

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[2] Writing implement

Implement for writing on a wooden tablet covered with wax (Cera). The pointed (lower) end of a stylus was used to engrave the text to be written on the tablet and, by inverting it, the flat (upper) end could be used to correct mistakes by re-smoothing the wax (s…

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Stylus”, 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 21 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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