Cuneiform vs. Hieroglyphics

Similarities and differences of Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics

Cuneiform Was Created

Cuneiform was created in 3,200 B.C. by the writing god. It was invented to record information and usually only the scribes and other wealthy people could read and write. Cuneiform was the first fully developed script. Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Elamites, Hittites, Assyrians, Hurrians, and others all knew the language.


Hieroglyphics were created in 3,000 B.C. by the writing god. It was also invented to record info. Only scribes and wealthy people could read and write it. They were mostly symbols and consisted of several hundred words. The Egyptian, Hittites, Mayan, and Incan all used Hieroglyphics.

Similarites and Differences

Similarities- Used to record data. Used in the same time period. Only scribes and rich people could read and write them.
Differences- Used by different people. Hieroglyphics were more objects than lines. Cuneiform was created slightly before hieroglyphics.