The Earliest Forms of Writing . Written language developed as hunter-gatherers developed more permanent agrarian societies. Agrarian - Agrarian is defined as an agricultural society or farming communities. What need did writing fulfill? .
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Written language developed as hunter-gatherers developed more permanent agrarian societies.
Agrarian - Agrarian is defined as an agricultural society or farming communities.
In it’s earliest forms writing was developed as a way to keep a permanent record of land, grain, and cattle.
The earliest known written language is known as cuneiform . It is an elaborate system of symbols that were created using a stylus made of reed that was pressed into soft clay tablets and then allowed to harden.
This writing system was developed in Sumer some 5,000 years ago.
The picture to the left is a sample of cuneiform writing.
This writing system became more developed and eventually was used for recording historical and political events. It was also used as a means to record legends such as the story of Gilgamesh, the oldest written story in the world.
China is Also One of the Earliest Civilizations to Create a Written Language
Unique to China, theirs is the only writing system that has not been replaced over the years. Instead their system has evolved as a working script from 1600 B.C to today.
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a. A society where people often move around
b. Agricultural society or farming community
c. Hunters and Gatherers
d. A society centered around learning
a. To share stories
b. To keep a record of birth
c. To keep a count of land, grain and cattle
d. To make laws
What is the first known written language?
What is the oldest written story in the world?
a. The Iliad
b. The Odyssey
d. Ali Baba
a. The Incas
b. The Sumerians
c. The Egyptians
d. The Japanese
What does the Sumerian word “sang” mean?
The discovery of what stone enabled scholars to decipher the meaning of some of the hieroglyphics?
a. The Rock of Gibraltar
b. The Sword in the Stone
c. The Stalagmite
d. The Rosetta Stone
What ancient civilizations written language is still in use today?
d. All of the above