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3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
 
2000 BCE: Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
 
1700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
 
1600 BCE: Canaanite alphabet.
 
 
1580 BCE - 800 BCE: Byblos liberated and occupied by the Egyptians. Phoenecian alphabet developed and spread through trade.
 
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.
 
 
350 CE - 950 CE: Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • 3200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • 2000 BCE
    Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
  • 1700 BCE
    Minoan Linear A script.
  • 1600 BCE
  • 1580 BCE - c. 800 BCE
    Byblos liberated and occupied by the Egyptians. Phoenecian alphabet developed and spread through trade.
  • c. 1400 BCE
    Ugaritic alphabet of 30 letters is invented.
  • 1100 BCE
    Phoenician alphabet.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 350 CE - c. 950 CE
    Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.