Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them

The process resembling a writer’s stylus

The temporal bone has another process (i in figure 3, 4, 5) [processus styloideus], taking its beginning not far from the inner side of the mammillary process. This is long, thin, and quite solid, whence, from its resemblance to a needle, the Greeks call it belonoeidh/j, “needle-shaped,” from its resemblance to a writer’s stylus grafoei/dhj and stuloei/dhj, and from its resemblance to a rooster’s spur plh=ktron. 104 Though it appears solid, since it is also thin, projects considerably, and is easily broken off, it is rarely found in skulls dug from the earth. From this process muscles extend to the hyoid bone and tongue as well as to the lower maxilla 105 —those muscles that draw it downward. 106 The hyoid bone is joined to this process either by long, thin ossicles 107 or by a strong, rounded ligament [ligamentum stylohyoideum].



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them