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How did cuneiform affect Mesopotamian civilizations?  

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As a form of writing, cuneiform gave Mesopotamian civilizations a means of keeping accurate records and, after the development of phonetic writing, expressing abstract ideas in writing. This had profound consequences, which included:

  • the rise of a small literate class that led to increased social specialization and bureaucracy.
  • the ability to record historical events for posterity....

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