Episode 2

In Our Time, The Written World Episode 2 of 5
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In the second instalment of his survey of the written word, Melvyn Bragg traces the evolution of writing technology from the time of classical antiquity to the invention of printing. He discovers the origins of the book, and encounters the earliest surviving intact example in the Western world.Producer: Thomas Morris.

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Tue 3 Jan 2012 21:30

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