I'm operating off of fuzzy memory here and I’m unable to find the source of this passage. Some time ago, I read a passage from some ancient Roman writer that went something like this:
“He came and he brought with him (paper) rolls with written historical events laid down in a manner so you could see them all together and compare the events”
The receiver (of the paper rolls) might be a Roman emperor, or someone related to emperor’s teaching: maybe Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, or similar emperors.
- I remember a fuzzy concept of “paper rolls”, “table format” or “events in different columns”.
- I remember the text was a letter, or similar. There were only 2 people involved.
- I remember it was casual talk, like you talk to a friend that brought/sent something interesting at home.
That’s it. I cannot recall more info than that. I’ve checked Memoirs of Hadrian (by Yourcenar), and Marcus Aurelius letters too. The passage is certainly not there. Maybe in similar texts.
Any clues on how to find this passage and the author are welcome.