Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform

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Invented around 4,000 years ago by the Ancient Egyptians, Hieroglyphics is a form of writing that uses pictures instead of letters or words to create sentences and writing pieces. A single symbol can have up to three meanings. This is the most difficult language to learn


Cuneiform is a writing style first created by the ancient Sumerians of Ancient Mesopotamia around 5,000 BCE. The name comes from the Latin word Cuneus which means wedge. It is called this because of the wedge styled writing

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Creation of Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform

The Ancient Sumerians created Cuneiform by taking a reed that grew on the side of the river and wrote on clay tablets with it. Hieroglyphics are created by the ancient Egyptian Scribes drawing the symbols on stone or papyrus. They drew on stone using some chisel- like pen, they drew on the papyrus with some sort of pen or pencil.

How Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics were Important, Who Used Them and Similarities and Differences

Cuneiform was important because it was the way the Ancient Sumerians wrote stories on like the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Code of Hammurabi. It was also the only way people could write back then. Hieroglyphics is important for many of the reasons why Cuneiform is important. It is also important because it tells us some of the Ancient Egyptians' history.

People who used Cuneiform were the Ancient Sumerians, Hittites, Babylonians and many other ancient civilizations. The users of Hieroglyphics were only the Ancient Egyptians.

Similarities- They both used symbols and pictures to write. They both are two of the oldest writing styles in the world. They were both invented around 3, 500 BCE. They are both constant.

Differences- Cuneiform was invented in Ancient Sumer, Hieroglyphics was invented in Ancient Egyptian. Cuneiform was written on clay but Hieroglyphics were written on stone or papyrus.