Writing Cuneiform

Writing Cuneiform

– Because the Cyrus Cylinder
was meant for a Babylonian audience, it was written
in the Babylonian language, which is a Semitic tongue
related to the modern languages of Hebrew and Arabic and Aramaic. The writing system which
Cyrus’ officials used was the traditional cuneiform
script which had been invented in ancient Iraq well before
3,000 B.C., which is written by pressing a stylus, something
a bit like a chopstick, into the surface of the
clay which is nearly dry and the signs which convey
the sound of the language consist of different
arrangements of these strokes. They are written one by one,
and the reader has to join them up and the sound emerges from the clay. This is the line that says,
“I am Kurash (mumbling) “King of the World, the
Great King, King of Babylon,” and so it goes on. So we begin to write
Kurash, so the first sign Ku has the big vertical,
two small horizontals, one bigger horizontal, a
little vertical, and another horizontal like a box, this is Ku. Then Ra, we have three
strong horizontals to begin, one big one next to it, and
then one little vertical wedge and one bigger vertical wedge, Ku, Ra. Now we do Ash, which is three
long horizontals comme ça and then a vertical in the middle. So we can read this, Ku
Ra Ash, the name of Cyrus. (lively music)

7 thoughts on “Writing Cuneiform”

  1. This video, Writing Cuneiform, shows how ancient cuneiform writing was actually done, and also gives some interesting history. Excellent presentation. 

  2. Historians, Archeologist, and Anthropologist all have agreed that the first humans came out of Africa and populated the world. However, linguist say the first writing began in Mesopotamia. How Ironic. KU-RA-ASH sounds more like Egyptian Language which of course proves that the language came out of Africa and traveled North. Interesting to say the least.

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