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3500 BCE 3000 BCE 2500 BCE 2000 BCE 1500 BCE 1000 BCE 500 BCE 0 CE 500 CE  
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.
740 BCE: Oldest known Greek alphabetic inscriptions ever recorded.
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.
360 CE - 440 CE: Life of Mesrop Mashtots, the scholar-clergyman who invented the Armenian alphabet.
405 CE: The Armenian alphabet is invented by Mesrop Mashtots.
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