Writing was the chief means of communication in those days.
Rich people hired professional messengers who carried letters on foot, on
horseback or by ship and army people also used homing pigeons. The Greeks
developed a fast method to carry messages from city to city in 500 B.C. The
system involved brick walls built close to each other and along which were holes
representing the letters of the alphabet. People built fires through these holes
and a watcher on the next wall relayed the message. This was called a visual telegraph. The ancient Romans also had a hand written paper called “Acta
Diurna” which meant daily events.
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