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Old 08-09-2020, 02:50 PM   #4947
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Default Re: New Reality Seeds

Originally Posted by AlexanderHowl View Post
It was a slave holding society, which limits economic incentives for improvement (slave holders are often the wealthiest members of society and have a vested interest in keeping the status quo) and limits demand for recreational literacy (while Rome had literate slaves, their literacy served the interests of their masters, not the entertainment of the slaves). Without extensive recreational literacy, there is insufficient demand for paper.
There was demand for paper. Rome bought lots of papyrus and parchment. There was never enough. Paper, like pepper, would start in the luxury market and as paper got cheaper spread.
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