Roman double wax tablet - diptychon
Anyone who wants to trace ancient history in scripture should use wax tablet and stylus!
Your advantage: the page of wax keeps nothing for all times! The Roman wax tablet (lat. cera, tabula) was a rectangular wooden tablet coated with beeswax. The wax tablets were used till the Middle Ages, written with a stylus (lat. stilus) by scratching the letters into the layer of wax. The Roman wax tablet booklets, which were found in great numbers, are known as tabulae ceratae.
The wax tablet was applied in Roman times as a writing material both for official correspondence and for private demands. People used them for recordings which did not have to be permanent, such as calculations, letters or notes. The texts on the wax tablet could any time be edited or erased with the back of the stylus. School lessons would not have been conceivable in Roman times without the Roman wax tablet.
The insides of the tablets, made of pure beechwood, are chiselled out. Only an edge is left along the outer borders. Then the writing tablets are filled with real beeswax that easily can be carved or erased with a stylus. The wax tablet booklets are most suitable for carving Roman numerals and Latin homework!
Also worth knowing: The concept of 'tabula rasa' was derived from erasing the wax layer, using the back of the stylus, thus suggesting in fact, 'erased tablet'.
- wax tablet dim. 5,5 x 3,5 inch
- natural beeswax
- roman ABC