Oct 14 2011
My essential question is “Why was cuneiform an inefficient system of writing? I picked this because it still affects our culture today. It affects our culture because the Latin alphabet we use today evolved from the Phoenician alphabet that was adopted instead of cuneiform.
There are many reasons why cuneiform was inefficient. First, there were hundreds of symbols. Because of this very few people could write. If you wanted to write, you had to train almost your entire life. People who could write were called scribes. Second, each culture had its own style of cuneiform. This sometimes made it hard to communicate with other cultures through writing. Third, a symbol could have up to thirty wedges on it. One symbol might take a while to write. Last, since a symbol could have so many wedges on it, one might mistake one symbol for another one. If one was reading cuneiform they might read something that made absolutely no since to them. As you can see, cuneiform was a very unproductive way of writing.
While studying for this project I learned that there were many types of cuneiform I also learned that one symbol could have thirty wedges. I think that I did a good job on this project. I think I could have studied a little more, but other than that I think I did well.