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T11his capacity to hand down concepts to us across generations, offer directions to share, communicate suggestions throughout the void of space and time has actually made it possible to make wonderful strides in our understanding of the world, good understanding and self-understanding.

To understand how writing began, we must go to ancient Sumer, where writing first began to be used extensively. Yes, you see potters and merchants.

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

Not hundreds of people or thousands of people, but together tens of thousands. And as cities grew, so did the temples for the gods.

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

Do you see those men bringing jugs full of grain here? These temples also served as huge warehouses.

And in difficult times, they were divided back. This system developed a big wide range for the priest, however he also guaranteed that cities of this dimension might operate. Yet we do not care currently. Look next to the males who carry the grain. Do you see a male watching them?

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

With such an economy, with lots of supplies, moving to and from the temple every day, they needed to keep records somehow. That table will be saved later, so that the priests may know exactly what they have at hand in their giant temple storehouse.

He attracted a small image of a grain stalk alongside his documents, so it is clear that his information refer to grain. For generations, this nice little drawing of grain has been simplified. A lot more abstract. Scribes were seeking faster and also much easier methods to tape-record assets, they did not busily draw every sub-item offered the temple, but rather they involved a mutually agreed collection of even more symbolic depictions for items streaming into sanctuaries. As well as you can see how somebody might take place, that these symbols need not only stand for the concept of something, but additionally the word itself.

And that’s exactly what occurred.

The symbol for the cow was understood not only as a representative of the animal, but also as a word cow. Still, with a thousand nouns, you can’t do much. And also here comes a happy etymological coincidence. Do you see the people at the temple speaking to each 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 begin to think about pictures as noises and also integrating audios with each other permits you to create various words.

And also when you incorporate that keeping that in Sumerian a number of terms were based on basic words, as an example, a sickle plus grain could suggest a harvest, so there is a quantum of what you can do with concepts and also audios, which stand for thousands of images. We’re not done. Since how the scribes created has changed the way we create in Western nations today. Do you keep in mind how our friend in the temple includes grain?

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. Enough people in the temple didn’t like the innovation. It was simpler for scribes, but various other literate individuals, that needed to review it gained from top to bottom, so they didn’t like this sidewards writing. What did the scribes do? They merely rotated all the characters 90 degrees to make sure that one could transform the table as well as read it inside out as common.

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 now you have a genuine writing system.

Initial pictures, yet additionally pictograms changed from them they entirely vanished into the wedge prints as well as lines created by the stylus after that preferred. Which implies as opposed to a handful of nouns to be contacted supply checklists here we have a composing system that can give us lyrical and abstract points like the Impressive of Gilgamesh or Enum elish. Exactly how do we understand all this? Amusing aspect of clay: When a place refute and also all your records are on clay, rather of being destroyed, they remain and harden.

It won’t happen here for a while. 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.

It will later develop independently in Mesoamerica and was almost certainly developed independently in China. There is a great deal of controversy over whether it has developed independently in the Indus Valley and Egypt. Although 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. If so, we’ll try to do it sometimes.


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