High literacy rates within a society is a modern-era phenomena. On the contrary, the norm for most of ‘civilized’ human history has been the restriction of reading/ writing skills to a privileged fraction of the population. There are examples in history where that privileged minority was destined to acquire these skills by their social pedigree and not by the quantity of material wealth they possessed. In this article, the ruler of one of Earth’s greatest civilizations may have been excluded from this privileged group of literate humans.
“Who would’ve ‘thunk it’?”.