Exercise Tablets from Mesopotamian Scribal Schools
Aspiring scribes would have attended scribal schools, known as the edubba “Tablet House”, from a very early age, where they would learn to shape a tablet out of clay, to write basic cuneiform signs (as in the second image above), and ultimately, to write in Sumerian and Akkadian. Later in their education and careers, scribes could specialise in a particular field, such as legal texts, mathematical texts, or literary texts, among many other genres. (Read more)
Images (from CDLI):
1. Old Babylonian School Text, which has a list of personal names (c. 1900-1600 BCE).
2. School Text of Unknown Provenience, which shows a scribe practicing a single wedge or, possibly, the sign “U” over and over again.
3. Old Akkadian School Text (c. 2340-2200 BCE)
All three tablets are in the Ashmolean Museum collections.
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