No, it's not broken over two lines; it ceases to be a link after the #. As I
said, I copy-pasted the whole thing and did not reach the page in question.
Perhaps it only works for people who have Facebook.
I wouldn't rely too much on the accuracy of the Tell Ahmar painting, because the
pen-writing scribe's position is impossible (and why do you say leather rather
If most of the scribal action is in the wrist, there should hbe a large number
of complaints about carpal tunnel syndrome among scribes. Is there? --
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
From: Robert M Whiting <whiting@...
>Sent: Sat, September 11, 2010 5:36:53 AM
>Subject: Re: [ANE-2] Re: how did ancient scribes write?
>On Fri, 10 Sep 2010, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
>> ... except there's something wrong with the url in the link -- it breaks
>> between the # and the !, and copy-pasting the whole thing into ther box
>> deletes the business end of it and I get a log-in-to-facebook page.
>To deal with discontinuous (broken over two or more lines) URLs, first
>copy the first part of the URL (the first line) and paste it in the
>location box of your browser. Then go back and copy the next part of the
>URL (the next line) and paste it at the end of the previous part in the
>browser's location box. Repeat until the entire URL is in the browser's
>location box and then hit the go button. If you copy-paste the entire
>thing, you will copy-paste a carriage return and the browser will try to
>find the URL up to the point of the carriage return.
>On the position of the stylus for writing cuneiform tablets, I have
>collected a few illustrations and uploaded them to the groups Photo page
>The wall painting from Tell Ahmar shows the correct position of the
>stylus. Note the difference of the position of the stylus and of the
>pen/brush being used by the beardless scribe to write on leather. The
>shaft of the stylus comes out under the hand on the right side of the hand
>after having crossed the palm; the shaft of the pen/brush comes out on the
>left side of the hand passing between the thumb and the forefinger just as
>one would hold a pen or pencil.
>The modern illustrations show the right and wrong way to hold the stylus.
>How much of the stylus protrudes is probably a matter of personal
>preference, but certainly enough to keep the fingers clear of the surface
>of the tablet while allowing the writer to position the writing face
>accurately. When I write I generally have about half an inch of stylus
>protruding. The forefinger rests on the edge of the stylus opposite the
>writing face, making the stylus essentially an extension of the
>forefinger. This gives the writer better control of the positioning of
>the writing face and allows the writer to apply just enough pressure to
>create an impression of the proper depth. How much pressure is needed
>depends on the consistency of the clay, but usually very little is needed.
>For most tablets (barring large, multi-column tablets), the tablet was
>held in the left hand the stylus in the right. The direction of the
>stylus was controlled by movement of the wrist and forearm, not by
>switching the grip on the stylus, which remained constant. The tablet
>would also be rotated with the wrist to make it easier to align the stylus
>with the tablet for wedges of different orientations.
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