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  cuneiform script, Persepolis
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The cuneiform script is the earliest known form of written expression and we owe its existence to the Sumerians. It changed throught the centuries, starting as pictorial representations and then slowly becoming more simplified (from about 1500 to 600 signs) and more abstract, like the scripts that you can see in Persepolis. Of course the writing became more phonological, too.

This first form of cuneiform script was at the base of the Old Persian alphabet found in Persepolis. No one could translate it until in 1835, at Behistun, Iran, a carved inscription of identical text in three languages (Old Persian, Babylonian, and Elamite) was discovered. Basically the very local version of the Rosetta stone.

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