The Fertile Crescent - Sumerian Achievements

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cuneiform
A form of writing developed by the Sumerians using a wedge shaped stylus and clay tablets.
pictograph
A picture or drawing representing words or ideas
scribe
A professional writer
epics
long poems that tell the stories of heroes
ziggurat
A pyramid shaped temple tower
architecture
the science of building
stylus
A pointed instrument used for writing
social class
a division of a society based on social and economic status.
wheel
Developed by the Sumerians; one of the round parts that rolls and allows something to move
gods
Supernatural beings of nonhuman origin who are named personalities; often the subjects for ancient art
cylinder seal
cylindrical piece of stone usually an inch or so in height, decorated with an incised design, so raised pattern left when seal rolled over soft clay; documents and important possessions signed, sealed or identified in this way in ancient Near East