Mesopotamian Cuneiform (3100 BC)
Cuneiform was a combination writing system composed of pictograms and ideograms (idea symbols) and phonograms (sound symbols). The cuneiform system began as pictures and continued, in part, to convey meaning the way pictures do.
A Sumerian school, the earliest on earth, called an edubba (tablethouse). Here boys studied 12 years to become scribes in the cuneiform script.
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