T11his ability to hand down suggestions to us throughout generations, give instructions to share, interact concepts across the abyss of space as well as time has made it feasible to make fantastic strides in our understanding of deep space, common understanding as well as self-understanding.

To understand how writing began, we must go to ancient Sumer, where writing first began to be used extensively. Browse. What do you see? Yes, you see potters and sellers.

You see the streets and gardens. These temples play a big role in why writing began.

Not thousands of individuals or hundreds of people, yet with each other tens of thousands. And also these cities created city-states, unified by the praise of a certain group of gods. Individuals regulated watering and cities grew. And as cities expanded, so did the temples for the gods.

These massive, vast temple complexes they did not serve only as tabernacles.

No, take a closer look. Do you see those males bringing containers full of grain below? These temples also functioned as massive storehouses. Database for the immense riches of the city. In excellent times, presents flowed in.

As well as in challenging times, they were split back. This system developed a massive riches for the clergyman, but he additionally made certain that cities of this dimension might operate. We don’t care now. Look alongside the guys that lug the grain. Do you see a male viewing them?

Note that whenever they bring a jug of grain, he will certainly make a little mark on his clay table.

With such an economic situation, with whole lots of materials, relocating to as well as from the holy place each day, they needed to maintain documents in some way. Which’s specifically what he does. That table will certainly be saved later on, to ensure that the priests might understand exactly what they contend hand in their huge temple storehouse. Even though brands have their place in the original writing, there is something much more interesting for us on this damp piece of clay that he holds.

He drew a tiny photo of a grain stalk following to his records, so it is clear that his data refer to grain. For generations, this great little drawing of grain has actually been streamlined. Much more abstract. Scribes were seeking faster and also less complicated ways to tape assets, they did not busily draw every sub-item gave the holy place, yet instead they came to an equally concurred set of more symbolic representations for goods streaming right into sanctuaries. As well as you can see how someone might happen, that these icons need not only stand for the principle of something, however likewise the word itself.

And that’s precisely what happened.

The symbol for the cow was understood not only as a representative of the animal, but also as a word cow. Yet still, with a thousand nouns, you can not do a lot. And also here comes a pleased linguistic coincidence. Do you see the people at the holy place speaking to each various other?

Both of these points are important because when many of your words are monosyllabic, it is easy not to think of a symbol as a word, but as a sound for that word. Stop thinking of a symbol indicating a word and begin to think about the general meaning of its sound, which can indicate more specific things.

Now you start to consider images as audios as well as integrating sounds together enables you to create different words.

And when you combine that with that in Sumerian a number of terms were based on simple words, for example, a sickle plus grain could mean a harvest, so there is a quantum of what you can do with concepts and sounds, which represent thousands of images. Because how the scribes wrote has changed the way we write in Western countries today.

See how he writes from top to bottom, just as you would write a list. And if you accidentally rest your hand while writing from top to bottom, you can easily delete the entire column you just typed.

This risk is reduced if you start writing from left to. But enough people in the temple didn’t such as the advancement. It was easier for scribes, but various other literate individuals, that had to review it discovered from top to bottom, so they didn’t like this sidewards creating. What did the scribes do? They just revolved all the personalities 90 degrees to make sure that one might transform the table and read it inside out as normal.

Soon people read characters written sideways from left to. This writing system was then adopted by the neighboring Akkad and Elamites, who generalized it even more.

As well as currently you have a genuine creating system.

Initial images, however additionally pictograms transformed from them they entirely disappeared right into the wedge prints and also lines created by the stylus then chosen. Which suggests rather of a handful of nouns to be contacted stock listings below we have a composing system that can give us lyrical and abstract points like the Legendary of Gilgamesh or Enum elish. How do we understand all this? Funny aspect of clay: When an area burns down and all your records are on clay, rather of being damaged, they set and stay.

However it won’t happen here for some time. Let’s praise scribes like this and the wonderful city of Sumer for what they gave us. A gift that lasted us more than five and a half thousand years. Writing. Since we don’t get to the False Episodes for these one-offs, I want to emphasize that this is only the first place in history where writing has flourished.

From what we have read, which is far from enough for a layman’s opinion, I believe that both groups have inherited the basic concept from Sumer. Let us know in the comments if you liked this attempt and you are interested in the history of ideas as well as the history of companies and people.



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