DATE: ca. 350–50 B.C. LANGUAGE: Akkadian. After cuneiform was replaced by alphabetic writing sometime after the first century A.D., the hundreds of thousands of clay tablets and other inscribed objects went unread for nearly 2,000 years.
When did cuneiform end?
CuneiformCreatedaround 3200 BCTime periodc. 31st century BC to 2nd century ADDirectionleft-to-rightLanguagesSumerian, Akkadian, Eblaite, Elamite, Hittite, Hurrian, Luwian, Urartian, Old Persian, Palaic11 more rows
What replaced cuneiform in Mesopotamia?
Phoenician alphabet Interesting Facts About Sumerian Writing Later Mesopotamian civilizations such as the Assyrians and the Babylonians used Sumerian writing. Cuneiform writing was around for thousands of years until it was replaced by the Phoenician alphabet near the end of the neo-Assyrian Empire.
What came after cuneiform?
After thousands of years Cuneiform was replaced with widespread usage of the Phoenician alphabet. Its earliest known use is 1,000 BCE. Cuneiform differed from pictographic writing in that it was based on sounds and included 22 letters. It was spread by Phoenician traders and became the basis for modern script.
What is the oldest surviving book in the world?
A Buddhist holy text, the Diamond Sūtra is considered to be the oldest surviving dated printed book in the world.