About Cuneiform Alphabet
The cuneiform alphabet. Learn about cuneiform writing and what Sumerian cuneiform is.
Cuneiform script is one of the oldest known writing forms. It emerged in ‘Sumer’ and is also known as the ‘sumerian cuneiform’. Sumer is a region located in Southern Iraq. The script emerged from 30th century BC and was used simply to write the Sumerian language. Cuneiform developed and swept, moving from Sumer to areas such as the middle east and Egypt.
Each letter in cuneiform is made from wedged-shaped strokes that are inscribed on clay or sometimes other materials such as wax, stone or metal.
This Ugarit script was commonly written on clay tablets. The alphabet was used in the Ugarit city, Western Syria from abound 1300 BC. It is a form of Cuneiform writing. Ugarit was commonly written from left to right and in horizontal rows. In a sentence, words were divided by a slash, no punctuation was used. Ugarit is a Semitic language that is related to Phoenician.
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