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COMPARISON OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS: EGYPTIAN MINOAN MYCENAEAN GREEK ARCHAIC

Mary Ellen Page

© 2006

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Intended Learning Outcomes Vocabulary List Fill-in Comparison Chart Eight-point Comparison Chart Questions and Answers (Trivia) Cuneiform Writing Matching Graphics Word Find Test Answer Keys 3 4 6 7 9 10 12 13 14 15 17

CUNEIFORM WRITING

Cuneiform or wedge-shaped writing was popular with the Sumerians and Mycenaeans. It is believed to have originated with the Sumerians about 3500 B.C. and later spread to the Mycenaean civilization. The scribes of that period used a wedge-shaped stylus or writing tool to imbed these characters in clay tablets. As you can imagine, they could not fold these tablets like we do with paper, so storage was a major problem for them. Here are some characters in cuneiform writing. There are at least 30 English words including proper nouns that you could write using these letters. Practice writing the words in cuneiform. Imagine how time-consuming it would be to use this type of alphabet. They also used symbols for animals, people, different objects and inanimate concepts.

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© All exercises are for classroom use only and may not be used for commercial purposes © Graphics: NOVA Explosion 600,000 1999-2005

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