Pencil - Stilus forged out of brass
This ancient pencil beautifully in its form forged out of brass in handiwork from the Roman Shop Forum Traiani. Cool and comfortable it feels in the hand while writing - just like it was for the Romans. The corresponding beeswax tablets as well you find on these pages of the Roman Shop. And already the journey of the ancient experience of writing can begin! The pointed end of the pencil, in latin stilus, is for craving letters or numbers into the beeswax of the ancient tablet.
The flat end of the ancient pencil serves as a type of eraser for smoothing the craved writing and being able to use the tablet again or for correcting of mistakes! That way as well children can be introduced to writing. Well, the writing with the ancient pencil is a real experience.
Scribere: The ancient pencil gave the writing its words!
To write, in Old High German scriban, by the way comes from the latin word scribere, that means something like craving with the pencil on a tablet. The word names the documenting of letters, characters, numbers and musical notes. Writing is an elementary cultural technique and history is undeniably connected to writing with the history of written characters.
- pencil’s length circa 15 cm
- forged by hand pencil/ stilus true to ancient model
Craved with the pencil or stilus
Mostly the pencil was round square, consisted out of iron, bronze, bone or sometimes silver. The pencil’s point was for writing in the wax. With the flat ending mistakes could be corrected. By smoothing the wax it became positle to write on the wax tablets again. Some Roman pencils had the form of the goddess Minerva, because she was considered as the goddess of protection of teachers and poets in the Roman time.
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