Cuneiform & Hieroglyphics

Differences,Similarities,Who,how,and why they created,origin


The ancient Egyptians believed that writing was invented by the god Thoth and called their hieroglyphic script "mdwt ntr" (god's words). The word hieroglyph comes from the Greek hieros (sacred) plus glypho (inscriptions) and was first used by Clement of Alexandria. hieroglyphics were created to write and record the languages. Hieroglyphics were created by using clay and a sharp material to carve into the clay to keep the memory. The Origin is Decipherment


Cuneiform is a system of writing first developed by the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia c. 5000 BCE. The name comes from the Latin word cuneus for `wedge' owing to the wedge-shaped style of writing. The origin of written language (c. 3200 B.C.E.) was born out of economic necessity and was a tool of the theocratic (priestly) ruling elite who needed to keep track of the agricultural wealth of the city-states. A single reed, cleanly cut from the banks of the Euphrates or Tigris river, when pressed cut-edge down into a soft clay tablet, will make a wedge shape. Origin of Cuneiform is Wedge-shaped



  • Hieroglyphics were made by a god
  • Egyptians used hieroglyphics
  • Its read up and down from left to right
  • Usually in the pyramids and on tombs of the pharaohs
  • Uses shapes


  • Were made by Sumerians
  • Is a wedge shape
  • Made of different materials
  • Were used to keep track
  • Uses lines



  • Is made of clay
  • Is used to keep track of reading
  • Was used by many people
  • A reed is used to write on it


  • Is made of clay
  • Is used to keep track of words
  • Was used by many people
  • A sharp object was used to write the hieroglyphics

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