notes on ch 12

notes on ch 12 - Disincentive for early writing systems to...

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notes on ch 12 07:07 Only two indisputed original writing systems were those of  Summerian mesopotami 3000 BC o Cuneiform o Development took hundreds possibly thousands of years Mexican indians before 600 bc Great difficulty of inventing it was the reason there were so few independent  systems Problems with early scripts o Ambiguous, complex, incomplete Early writing could not render prose, only short notes
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Unformatted text preview: Disincentive for early writing systems to be less ambiguous o King wanted writing to be used by professionals only, to record taxes, not by the masses as literature Social control Writing was only useful in a society with a central government o Also needed surpluses of food for scribes o Thus hunter gather societies could not use it 07:07 07:07...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2010 for the course ENV S 3 taught by Professor Graves during the Spring '05 term at UCSB.

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