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Although ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt are two very different civilizations, they do have one thing in common. These two civilizations are both credited with being one of the first civilizations to invent their own writing style. 7 The two writing systems addressed in this essay have many differences, but also many similarities. Despite the fact that both ancient writings started as pictograms and evolved from that, they come from different civilizations and time periods.

Despite the fact that both languages began as pictograms8, there are few similarities between these two writing systems. Pictograms were simple drawings of objects, used by prehistoric civilizations. They were used to depict what was seen and known during the time period. They used symbols to represent the words for the objects in their particular language. Pictographs were translated universally, because they were easily recognizable to civilizations of a different language. Both writing systems helped create the evolution of writing, and help the current world to know more about these two civilizations. These writing systems were the first written accounts of history. They illustrate the beliefs and values of each civilization, as well as how advanced they were. Both writing systems consisted of very detailed letters that represented different sound. Although, cuneiform and Hieroglyphics were completely different, but they still served the same purpose; to communicate information within a civilization.9

The differences between Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics are many and drastic and help us find differences within the two civilizations. Cuneiform writing was invented by the Sumerians around 3500 B.C. then later Hieroglyphic writing was formulated by the anci...

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