Dating services in phila
In the 17th century, the word mail began to appear as a reference for a bag that contained letters: "bag full of letter" (1654). The term email (short for "electronic mail") first appeared in the 1970s.Over the next hundred years the word mail began to be applied strictly to the letters themselves, and the sack as the mailbag. The term snail-mail is a retronym to distinguish it from the quicker email. Post is derived from Medieval French poste, which ultimately stems from the past participle of the Latin verb ponere ("to lay down or place").
The French have a similar word, malle for a trunk or large box, and mála is the Irish term for a bag.
The first credible claim for the development of a real postal system comes from Ancient Persia, but the point of invention remains in question.
The best documented claim (Xenophon) attributes the invention to the Persian King Cyrus the Great (550 BC), who mandated that every province in his kingdom would organize reception and delivery of post to each of its citizens.
The role of the system as an intelligence gathering apparatus is well documented, and the service was (later) called angariae, a term that in time came to indicate a tax system.
The Old Testament (Esther, VIII) makes mention of this system: Ahasuerus, king of Medes, used couriers for communicating his decisions.
Other sources claim much earlier dates for an Assyrian postal system, with credit given to Hammurabi (1700 BC) and Sargon II (722 BC).