Cuneiform Development Chart

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New Cuneiform Dev Chart 2nd page.jpg
2017

This chart (adapted from René Labat, Manuel D’Epigraphie Akkadienne: Signes, Syllabaire, Ideogrammes) shows the development of classical Akkadian syllabic cuneiform from older Sumerian pictographs and logograms. The first column on the left gives the Sumerian and Akkadian words along with the English translation. The next columns depict classical Sumerian (ca. 2400 BCE) pictographs followed by their corresponding cuneiform logograms. Old Assyrian/Babylonian cuneiform (ca. 2000 BCE) develops from these Sumerian signs in the fourth column. Finally, Neo-Assyrian/Babylonian (ca. 1000 BCE) syllabic adaptations result in the simplified cuneiform of the fifth column. Note the progressing development of cuneiform symbols from recognizable shapes, which served as closer representations of a word or idea in Sumerian, to representations of various syllables or words in Akkadian.

Title

Cuneiform Development Chart

Date

2017

Description

This chart (adapted from René Labat, Manuel D’Epigraphie Akkadienne: Signes, Syllabaire, Ideogrammes) shows the development of classical Akkadian syllabic cuneiform from older Sumerian pictographs and logograms. The first column on the left gives the Sumerian and Akkadian words along with the English translation. The next columns depict classical Sumerian (ca. 2400 BCE) pictographs followed by their corresponding cuneiform logograms. Old Assyrian/Babylonian cuneiform (ca. 2000 BCE) develops from these Sumerian signs in the fourth column. Finally, Neo-Assyrian/Babylonian (ca. 1000 BCE) syllabic adaptations result in the simplified cuneiform of the fifth column. Note the progressing development of cuneiform symbols from recognizable shapes, which served as closer representations of a word or idea in Sumerian, to representations of various syllables or words in Akkadian.

Source

Vanderbilt University Divinity Library

Files

New Cuneiform Dev Chart final.jpg
New Cuneiform Dev Chart 2nd page.jpg

Citation

Annalisa Azzoni, Jonathan Redding, Serena McMillian, Michael Sekuras, “Cuneiform Development Chart ,” Gallery, accessed November 15, 2018, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/3465.