Visual Timeline: Writing

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2285 BCE - 2250 BCE: Life of Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon of Akkad, and world's first author known by name.
 
 
2150 BCE - 1400 BCE: The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets.
 
2000 BCE: Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
 
1900 BCE - 1600 BCE: Composition of The Descent of Inanna.
 
1700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
 
 
1640 BCE - 1700 BCE: Written form of the Atrahasis Myth of the Great Flood.
 
1600 BCE: Canaanite alphabet.
 
 
1500 BCE - 500 CE: The Vedic Period in India.
 
 
1500 BCE - 1100 BCE: The Rig Veda written, mentioning the god Rudra (Shiva) for the first time.
 
 
1450 BCE: Linear B script developed at Mycenae.
 
1400 BCE: Ugaritic alphabet of 30 letters is invented.
 
1100 BCE: Phoenician alphabet.
 
 
1000 BCE: Death of Ahiram (or Ahirom) of Byblos, whose sarcophagus bears the oldest inscription of the Phoenician alphabet.
 
 
800 BCE: Earliest examples of Greek alphabetic script.
 
647 BCE - 629 BCE: Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
 
196 BCE: The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
 
 
23 CE - 79 CE: Life of Pliny the Elder.
 
 
350 CE - 950 CE: Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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