Medium – Enveloped in suspicion

Old Timey Envelope

Consider the envelope, one of the earliest forms of privacy technology.

Via Judith Donath, Medium

Letter writing was popular among the ancient inhabitants of Mesopotamia. Thousands of cuneiform letter tablets have been found, including many encased in privacy ensuring envelopes…

…But in ancient Greece, although writing was used extensively for record-keeping and inscriptions, personal letters were relatively uncommon. For the Greeks, the privacy that letters conferred rendered them suspicious. Why seek secrecy unless one is plotting or lying?

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