Mari

The official gives you a piece of sharpened reed and a small damp clay tablet. The test begins. He asks you to write the answer to several sums, divisions and multiplications. You quickly write the numbers on the clay tablet by making the right wedge shapes. At the end of the test the official looks over your answers. Although your writing will need some practice, most of the sums are right. He smiles and says your father will be very proud of you working for the king of Mari. You will be able to learn more about merchants and what they trade.

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