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3,200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
 
2,000 BCE: Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
 
1,700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
 
1,600 BCE: Canaanite alphabet.
 
 
1,580 BCE - 800 BCE: Byblos liberated and occupied by the Egyptians. Phoenecian alphabet developed and spread through trade.
 
1,400 BCE: Ugaritic alphabet of 30 letters is invented.
 
1,100 BCE: Phoenician alphabet.
 
 
1,000 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.
 
403 BCE: Athens takes the initiative of unifying the Greek alphabet.
 
 
100 BCE: Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.
 
 
350 CE - 950 CE: Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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