T11his ability to hand down concepts to us throughout generations, give guidelines to reveal, interact ideas across the void of room and also time has actually made it possible to make wonderful 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 as well as vendors.

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

Not thousands of individuals or countless people, but together tens of thousands. And these cities created city-states, united by the prayer of a particular group of gods. People regulated irrigation and also cities grew. And also as cities grew, 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 men bringing containers packed with grain here? These holy places additionally worked as big warehouses. Repository for the tremendous riches of the city. In good times, gifts flowed in.

And in difficult times, they were separated back. This system developed a huge wealth for the clergyman, but he additionally ensured that cities of this size might function. But we don’t care now. Look next to the males who bring the grain. Do you see a male seeing them?

Note that whenever they bring a container of grain, he will make a tiny 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.

Scribes were looking for faster and easier ways to record commodities, they did not laboriously draw every sub-item brought to the temple, but instead they came to a mutually agreed set of more symbolic representations for goods flowing into holy places. And you can see how someone could happen, that these symbols need not only represent the concept of something, but also the word itself.

And also that’s precisely what took place.

The icon for the cow was recognized not only as a rep of the pet, but also as a word cow therefore. Still, with a thousand nouns, you can’t do much. And right here comes a pleased linguistic coincidence. Do you see the individuals at the temple speaking to each various other?

It would sound like everyone was saying the same thing over and over again if you could hear them. Because Sumerian is a language where most words are just syllables and where the terms are composed of word composition, this is. Both of these factors are important since when a lot of your words are monosyllabic, it is very easy not to consider an icon as a word, but as a noise for that word. Stop thinking about an icon indicating a word and also start to consider the general meaning of its sound, which can suggest extra details things. You will not draw pictures for each word in the language once you do this.

Now you start to think about photos as audios as well as integrating sounds with each other permits 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. It was easier for scribes, but other literate people, who had to read it learned from top to bottom, so they didn’t like this sideways writing.

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.

And now you have a genuine composing system.

Original images, but additionally pictograms transformed from them they completely vanished right into the wedge prints and lines produced by the stylus pen after that preferred. Which indicates rather than a handful of nouns to be contacted stock listings below we have a writing system that can offer us lyrical and abstract things like the Legendary of Gilgamesh or Enum elish. Exactly how do we understand all this? Funny thing regarding clay: When a place refute and also all your documents are on clay, rather than being ruined, they set and also continue to be.

Yet it will not happen below 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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