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how to erase a wax tablet?

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How do I go about erasing a wax tablet?
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Wax tablet and stylus from flickr user: marchofstmartin

Typically the writing surface of a wax tablet is comprised of beeswax on a wooden board.

1. Heat the tablet to prepare the wax for erasure (a hair dryer may work).

2. Smooth out impressions in the wax using a broad, flat instrument - often the back end of a stylus will work.

answered by regular404 (320 points)

Are you sure you erased everything? Under the wax, on the wood frame, an inscription could have been made. See Herodotus' story of Demaratus hiding a message under the wax tablet. It is one of the earliest recorded cases of Stenography - in this case: hiding something in plain view under an erasable surface.

Raises the question: is there an un-erasable surface under every erasable surface? Little wonder the wax tablet is a popular metaphor for memory from Plato and on.

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