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date: 09 May 2021

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This article evaluates the levels of cuneiform literacy in ancient Mesopotamia. It explains that cuneiform writing is a flexible and versatile system that offered both an efficient tool for mundane communication and recording purposes and an intricate symbolic system that invited ancient scholars to explore and research its representational potential. It explains the distinctions among functional literacy, technical literacy, and scholarly literacy and addresses the issue of the acquisition of literacy through education.

Keywords: cuneiform literacy, ancient Mesopotamia, mundane communication, recording purposes, symbolic system, education, functional literacy, technical literacy, scholarly literacy

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