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Are you an 18th century BCE Babylonian, and need to find out the consequences for stealing one of your neighbors sheep? Lucky for you, King Hammurabi had his 282 laws and subsequent punishments etched on portable clay tablets. (below, left)

Tired of watching your people bow in the presence of a golden calf? What's more convincing than two stone tablets with the tenets of morality carved by none other than God himself? If you are Moses, your life just got a lot easier. (below, right)

Need to buy your wardrobe for fall 311? First, check out the best place to buy togas and sandals at the best price on Diocletian's price comparison tablet. Information is power. (bottom image)

XIR286949 Code of Hammurabi, detail, found at Susa, c. 1750 BC (basalt) Mesopotamian/ Louvre, Paris, France
XIR286949 Code of Hammurabi, detail, found at Susa, c. 1750 BC (basalt) Mesopotamian/ Louvre, Paris, France

OTB182322 Moses breaking the Tablets of the Law, engraved by Hotelin, c.1868 (engraving) by Gustave Dore/ Private Collection
OTB182322 Moses breaking the Tablets of the Law, engraved by Hotelin, c.1868 (engraving) by Gustave Dore/ Private Collection

XIR216478 (detail) Edict of Emperor Diocletian on the regulating of the prices of merchandise (stone), Roman 3rd century AD/ Museo della Civita Romana, Rome, Italy
XIR216478 (detail) Edict of Emperor Diocletian on the regulating of the prices of merchandise (stone), Roman 3rd century AD/ Museo della Civita Romana, Rome, Italy

Words & Pictures

Ancient Eygpt's version of Babelfish, the Rosetta Stone recorded King Ptolemy V's decree in three languages: hieroglyphics, demotic script and Ancient Greek, providing a basis for our modern understanding of Egyptian heiroglyphics.

Why bother writing it, when you can describe it in pictures? This ancient Pre-Columbian hieroglyphic panel works as a sort or slide show of ceremonies and happenings in the Mayan city of El Ceibal.

BAL2359 The Rosetta Stone, from Fort St. Julien, El-Rashid, 196 BC by Egyptian Ptolemaic Period/ British Museum, London, UK
BAL2359 The Rosetta Stone, from Fort St. Julien, El-Rashid, 196 BC by Egyptian Ptolemaic Period/ British Museum, London, UK

LWE410729 Hieroglyphic panel, Guatemala c. 700-800 (limestone) Mayan/ Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
LWE410729 Hieroglyphic panel, Guatemala c. 700-800 (limestone) Mayan/ Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Reading, Writing & Arithmetic

From the Ancient civilizations up through today, tablets provide a platform to help students learn to read and write.

BL239365 Writing tablet, possibly 2nd century (wax), Greek / British Library, London, UK
BL239365 Writing tablet, possibly 2nd century (wax), Greek / British Library, London, UK

XIR18670 Portrait of a young girl (fresco), Roman (1st century AD)/ Museo e Gallerie Nazional di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
XIR18670 Portrait of a young girl (fresco), Roman (1st century AD)/ Museo e Gallerie Nazional di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

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BON81601 "Kept in." 1905 (w/c on paper) by John Henry Henshall / Bonhams, London, UK

NGE399671 Children writing their lessons on chalk boards, British Honduras, 1922 (b/w photo) by Russell Hastings Millward/ National Geographic Image Collection
NGE399671 Children writing their lessons on chalk boards, British Honduras, 1922 (b/w photo) by Russell Hastings Millward/ National Geographic Image Collection

Tablet 3.0

Nowadays it's not enough to have an iPad or a Kindle, you must also outfit it. To take your e-reader to the next level, why not dress it up in a fine art skin from Skinit? Check out our line of technology skins for over 3,000 electronic devices in our Skinit.com store.

Click here to view more images of  tablets throughout history.


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