Katelyn Rice CMS 103 October 13 2016 This Changes Everything Let’s rewind to five thousand years ago. Imagine yourself thinking about life-saving inventions, stories you wish to tell your children, and ideas to share but have no way to remember them. Well, the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians were about to change all of this. Beginning with experiments with alphabets, they developed pictorial symbols and letters that were used to press into clay tablets tied to one another. As early as 2400 B.C.E the Egyptians took papyrus found along the Nile River and rolled reeds into individual scrolls as the first “invention” of paper. This experimenting jumpstarted the process that lead us to the oldest mass medium, books. After the Egyptians, the first protomodern book was assumed to be produced by the Romans. They called this book a codex, which was
created with parchment sheets and bound with wood and leather. The advanced style of being able to open up to any page compared to a scroll allowed hassle-free use since all scrolls had to be wound and unwound. Transitioning into the Middle Ages, the illuminated manuscript made its appearance. These books, created by monks and priests, featured elaborate designs on every page. During this “
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