Ancient Egyptians & Mesopotamians
Comparison of Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics.
What's cuneiform and hieroglyphics?
A very popular piece of cuneiform writing.
This detailed piece of work shows that they took their time on each and every part of what they did.
How were they created?
Hieroglyphics is a very picture like alphabet. It was used on many tombs, walls, and paintings. It was the first invented of the two forms of writing. The Mesopotamian's and Egyptian's were very committed to their gods, they never knew what they looked like but thought they knew through stories based down. To keep record of these stories they started to draw the pictures or symbols that they were represented by. It started to get more and more known and used.
Whats so cool about these forms of writing?
Hieroglyphics is a very interesting form of writing. Its very important as well (to the Egyptians at least). The Ancient Egyptians were the users of hieroglyphics. While looking into Ancient Egypt you can definitely tell it was important. It was just about as important as the pyramids. Without hieroglyphics we wouldn't know a lot about the Ancient Egyptians. Also, a cool thing about hieroglyphics is they had certain pictures to describe a role. So a mother would have a certain picture and daughter would have a different one.
Cuneiform was used by the Mesopotamian's. Just hieroglyphics, cuneiform is one of the earliest known ways of writing. We use writing just about everyday and for almost everything. Without it who knows where we would be or what we would be doing. It would be crazy. After translating cuneiform we got to know the stories of the Mesopotamian's. If we were to never translate it we wouldn't know as much about them.
Cuneiform script tablet from the Kirkor Minassian collection in the Library of Congress. From Year 6 in the reign from Amar-Suena/Amar-Sin or 2041 and 2040 B.C.E.
Cylinder Seal (with modern impression), royal worshipper before a god on a throne with bull's legs; human-headed bulls below, c. 1820-1730 B.C.E. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Cylinder Seal (with modern impression), showing Kneeling Nude Heroes, c. 2220-2159 B.C.E., Akkadian (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Similarities & Differences
- Sometimes the two forms of writing spilled into each other. Sometimes cuneiform used picture type characters and hieroglyphics combined symbols to create words.
- Both were a form of writing.
- Both ended up getting translated
- Cuneiform used symbols to form words while hieroglyphics used pictures to represent words
- Hieroglyphics changed every few years and new pictures were constintaly added, cuneiform for the most part stayed the same throughout the years (it did remove some symbols here and there too).
- Cuneiform had around 600 or so symbols where as hieroglyphics had 1,000+