An Old Language

Cuneiform vs. Hieroglyphics

What is Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics?

Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics are different types of written communication.

What Makes Them Similar:

They both were shown with symbols, although Hieroglyphics had more picture-like symbols.

The Difference Between Them:

A major difference between the two is that they were used by different types of people. The Egyptians were known for using Hieroglyphics, while the Mesopotamian people used Cuneiform. They had a different way of showing the symbols used in the language.

The Good and the Bad

Some good things and disadvantages to using these writing systems:


  • Not as many symbols.
  • Can be easy to translate.
  • Difficult to write.


  • Provided way of keeping documents.
  • Lots of signs were hard to write.
  • They were written on clay tablets, which could be difficult to carry.