Well, a while ago I was assigned by my Latin teacher a project. My project consists of making different roman writing materials from scratch.
The Project Outline Reads:
Well, so far I have finished the Vellum and Wax Tablet. I even made my own ink from gum arabic and pure carbon. All I have left is the leaf tablet. I have looked all over the internet, only to find no information.Each student will be assigned to reaseaching 3 different writing materials in use by the Romans. This reseach will culminate in the actual construction of a sample liber for presentation to the class. The sample must be realistic and as accurate as possible. It must include a selection taken from Vergil as the content of the liber. Futhermore, each sample must be to scale. Approximations in material are acceptable if the final result is authentic.
Any ink used must be handmade based upon the materials which reseach indicates that the ancients employed.
The presentation will address the method of manufacture, materials used, how and for what kind of documentation each type of liber was used as well as when and where such types predominated in the Empire. the only written submission is a bibliographical page listing all sources consulted.
Papyrus or Vellum - A scroll made from papyrus or vellum.
Stylus Tablet - A diptych stylus tablet or waxed tablet, as it is sometimes called.
Leaf Tablet - A diptych leaf tablet.
I finally remembered this great site, and I wondered if anyone here had some information on this.
Does anyone know what type of wood was used in a leaf tablet?
What size was it?
What was it used for?
What part of the empire was it used in?
What did it look like?
Where there string of such tying it together?
Are there any pictures or old actifacts that I can look at?
Thank you very much if you have any information.