Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics

The Similarities and Differences


Cuneiform was created by taking a pick or sharp object and possibly a hammer depending on the material and carve shapes in clay, stone, and metal. Cuneiform was originally thought of and came from Ancient Mesopotamia. The main reason why this writing is so important is because, it is the oldest form of writing. Another thing that makes Cuneiform important is that it was the basic building block of all other types of writing in the world. The country or place that used them were people in Mesopotamia, but the certain people that used them were the scribes.


Hieroglyphics was created by the people by taking a pick or sharp object and possibly a hammer depending on the material you writing on and they would carve the things into the clay, stone or metal. Hieroglyphics originally came from the Ancient Egyptians. The Ancient Egyptians was the country that used them, but to be more specific scribes in those countries would be the most common people to use them. Hieroglyphics is important, because we would have no idea what the countries back them and all there practices of what they did back then.


Some similarities between Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics are-

  • The way they write the forms of writing.
  • They both include pictures and symbols
  • They both used scribes to write there writing.
  • One was based upon the other one.
  • They both had something to do with the Rosetta Stone.


Some differences between Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics are-

  • They are from different places in the world.
  • Hieroglyphics is more based upon animals and people when writing.
  • They could each have been written in different materials.
  • Hieroglyphics is not one of the first written languages created.

Treasures of the UCLA Library: Cuneiform Tablets (Part 3 of 5)

Similarities and Differences