Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform

By: Kara G.

When were Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform invented?


Hieroglyphics is the first known writing to be developed by the Sumerians. It was invented in 3,500 BC which is around 5,500 years ago. Hieroglyphics became very popular around 2,900 BC. Then hieroglyphics wasn't used as much at the year of 400 AD, which is about 3,300 years. Hieroglyphics was thought to be invented to give to the god of Thoth.
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When hieroglyphics was created.


Cuneiform was first known to be created around the year of 2,400 BC. The reason why cuneiform was created was because the Sumerians wanted to improve their writing system.

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When cuneiform was created.

Why were Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform important?


Hieroglyphics was important because the symbols represented a sounds or many sounds. Also it was important because hieroglyphics is known to be the building block of writing.

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The website describes the importance of hieroglyphics.


Cuneiform was important because it was one of the first two written languages in the world. It helps many people all over the world to learn about how the culture was like when people used them 4,000 BC years ago.

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The website describes the importance of cuneiform.

Who Used Hieroglyphics and Cuneiform?


Hieroglyphics were mainly used my the Ancient Egyptians. Not all Ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics. Only royalty, scribes, priests, and government officials knew how to read and write hieroglyphics.

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The website describes who used hieroglyphics.


Cuneiform was used by three different types of people. The Sumerians created cuneiform, and then the Babylonians and Assyrians learned how to read and write cuneiform. The Babylonians and Assyrians still used the format of cuneiform but they did change the writing a little bit.

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The website describes who used cuneiform.

What are Similarities Between Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics?

  • They both were created before Christ
  • They are both writing systems
  • Both written in rows and columns
  • Both are written on clay
  • Both used for keeping records and religious purposes
  • They both lasted a long time in history

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The website describes similarities between cuneiform and hieroglyphics

Differences Between Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics

  • There are more symbols such as dashes
  • Used by more than one language
  • Used by more than one writing system
  • It was formed around 3,300 BC


  • More drawings than dashes
  • More than one type of hieroglyphics, and is used for different reasons
  • Mainly used by one type of person, the Egyptians

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The website describes the differences between cuneiform and hieroglyphics.

Egyptian Hieroglyphics
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