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Cuneiform Tablet

datation
Second half of the 2nd millennium BC
provenance
Ugarit
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period
size
4.2 cm x 6.9 cm
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This fragment of a baked clay tablet features cuneiform script distributed into two columns. The first contains the Alphabet of Ugarit and the second contains the corresponding Akkadian syllables.

The tablet is drafted on both faces, with each Ugaritean letter carved parallel to the syllable of the Akkadian-Babylonian language. This reflects the Ugaritian’s concern for clear communication and the facilitation of legibility and the spread of science by reading, writing and translation. It also indicates the importance of education, with students learning the Akkadian and Ugaritean script at the same time, and the importance of learning multiple languages.

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