You can also hear our programs on WRMI ( http://www.wrmi.net/ ) and WRN ( http://www.wrn.org/listeners/ ). These broadcasters diffuse our programs out of the goodness of their hearts, but unless you tell us how you heard us, we have no way of knowing … so do write and tell us how you listen to us. This week’s quiz: On 1 April I asked you to write in and tell me the difference between cuneiform and hieroglyphics. The answer is: Hieroglyphic writing represented consonants only. Cuneiform script represented whole syllables, including the vowels. Cuneiform writing is a little bit older – it was invented by the ancient Sumerians around 3500 B.C.E. Cuneiform script began as picture writing, but its symbols rapidly evolved into abstract shapes that, in most cases, bore no resemblance to any actual object. The cuneiform writing system was then picked up and widely used by the Mesopotamian speakers of Semitic languages unrelated to Sumerian -- the language of the Babylonians and Assyrians, called "Akkadian" by modern scholars.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://en.rfi.fr/culture/20170506-Ancient-writing-and-old-plumbing