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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

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2011
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The first descriptions of cuneiform writing were brought to the West by travellers in the seventeenth century. They used terms ...

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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2003
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Linguistics
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2,174 words
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lit. ‘wedge-shaped’ writing (from Latin cuneus ‘wedge’), was used in the Near East from ca. 2900 bce to the 1st ...

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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2010
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Religion
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An early kind of writing developed in *Mesopotamia during the height of Sumerian power (c.2100–2000bce) and ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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System of writing developed in Mesopotamia by c.3000 bc. It consists of wedge-shaped strokes, derived from writing on ...

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Stephanie Mary Dalley

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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149 words
is wedge-shaped writing thought to have developed from impressions of clay tokens and incised pictograms by impressing the triangular cross-section of a reed upon clay. First used for ... ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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[De] ... The term used to describe early writing in the Middle East (Sumerian, Akkadian and related languages) in which wedge‐shaped impressions are left on a clay tablet. It was ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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[from the Latin cuneus, ‘wedge’] ... The wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, which survive mainly impressed upon ... ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, surviving mainly impressed on clay tablets. The name comes ... More

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