iPad screenshots from PBS documentaries: Plato burning the midnight oil writing “Atlantis” with a stylus and tablet of some kind. I don’t know anything about this sort of writing so I don’t know how authentic this is (or isn’t).

Then comes Michaelangelo and his pen pal. Quills here and they have to leave the feathers on so modern audiences will get that they are quills even though in real practice they stripped the feathers off leaving only the quill shaft. Michaelangelo is shown writing with his left hand — I didn’t know he was a left hander until I looked it up after seeing this.

And his pen pal — I forget the name, sorry.

Everyone in the old days seems to have written at night to take advantage of the poor lighting. I can’t even imagine anyone writing in daylight!