September 16, 2012
This week’s Sumerian: dubsar, meaning scribe.
It’s a compound word, made of dub (tablet) and sar (write).
The Sumerians invented writing. Literacy was not as widespread like it is today, so there was a special class of professional scribes. They studied at schools called é-dub-ba (“house of tablet”), where they would practice by copying out dialogs and narratives. Much of the surviving Sumerian literary corpus comes from these schools.

This week’s Sumerian: dubsar, meaning scribe.

It’s a compound word, made of dub (tablet) and sar (write).

The Sumerians invented writing. Literacy was not as widespread like it is today, so there was a special class of professional scribes. They studied at schools called é-dub-ba (“house of tablet”), where they would practice by copying out dialogs and narratives. Much of the surviving Sumerian literary corpus comes from these schools.

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