Re: Strange Maths (was Re: Why not 13 months?)

Rosa Michaelson (
1 Aug 1995 14:58:49 GMT

My understanding of the current thoughts on the emergance of
'alphabetic' writings (as opposed to hieraglyphic or cuneiform) is
that the semitic scripts were developed to allow the translations
between those large cultures that occupied egypt and assyria, and
that the semites at that time were the only group to produce
the guild of translators/scribes? Though many 'upper-class' sumerians
could read and write in cuneiform, there is no evidence to suggest
that all sectors of the population could do so.