Ancient Roman Stylus Writing Implement c.1st-4th Cen AD. Size 4 7/8 inches length. Reference: Metalwork from Sardis, Plate 17 #250. “The type has a fairly long history from Roman through later Byzantine times”, cf Celtic & Roman Artifacts from England, R288. “The main implement used for writing was the stylus. This is provided with a point at one end that was used for inscribing on a wax-filled recess in a block of wood. The broad, flat end of the stylus was used for erasing any mistakes made by smoothing out the wax. Styli were usually made of iron inlaid with brass strips, but some examples are of bronze,” cf Gorny & Mosch 128 lot 460, cf Corinth XII – the Minor Objects #1348.Provenance: Ex: Washington DC Estate.