Student or Learner
Please read the below sentence. I don't understand the underlined part.
"The art of writing itself is a good example of what students of the past called
independent invention, since systems of writing have evolved in isolation at
different times in different parts of the world. "
What does " students of the past" mean?
Does it mean people studying the past? Or students lived a long time ago?
I agree with BobK because "the students of the past" called "independent invention" different types of writing developed independently during the human history, so they studied somehow the history of the art of writing. I think it is definitely about the students who studied the past.
Thank you guys