Professor and class,
One invention by the Romans we cannot overlook is the creation of the bound book. The
move from scrolls and clay tablets to an early form of a book called a codex. The first
examples of the codex were a bound wax tablet. “Ancient historians note that Julius Caesar
created an early version of a codex by stacking pages of papyrus to form a primitive notebook,
but bound codices did not become popular in Rome until the first century or thereabouts”
(Andrews, 2012). Bibles were then one of the first books to be made using this method. Of
course, we know how important books have been since that time. However, the bound book
may become extinct one day as the invention of the electronic book has significantly reduced
the number of books made and sold.
Andrews, E. (2012),
. 10 innovations that built ancient Rome. Retrieved from:
May 6, 2018
Hello Professor and Class,
When doing research it's important to know if the source you're using is primary or secondary. A
primary source is "first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct connection with it."
(Primary sources) Primary sources can include: Texts of laws and other original documents,
speeches, diaries, letters and interviews, datasets, survey data, such as census or economic
statistics, and photographs, video, or audio that capture an event. Secondary Sources are "one
step removed from primary sources, though they often quote or otherwise use primary sources.
They can cover the same topic, but add a layer of interpretation and analysis." (Primary sources)
Secondary sources include most books about a topic, scholarly or other articles about a topic,
mainly by people not directly involved, and most documentaries. Both primary and secondary are
important sources to our study of culture and humanities. Using both types of sources allows us to
see it both ways. One being from someone who experienced it firs hand and also someone from
the outside and information they've obtained from studying and doing research.
Primary Sources: A Research guide. Retrieved