Cuneiform Timeline

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  • c. 5000 BCE
    Cuneiform script developed by Sumerians.
  • c. 3500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
  • c. 3500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
  • 3000 BCE
    Cuneiform script refined.
  • 2285 BCE - 2250 BCE
    Life of Enheduanna, daughter of Sargon of Akkad, and world's first author known by name.
  • c. 2150 BCE - c. 1400 BCE
    The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets.
  • c. 1900 BCE - c. 1600 BCE
    Composition of The Descent of Inanna.
  • c. 1900 BCE - c. 1600 BCE
    The Descent of Inanna written down.
  • c. 1640 BCE - c. 1700 BCE
    Written form of the Atrahasis Myth of the Great Flood.
  • c. 1640 BCE - c. 1700 BCE
    The Atrahasis written down.
  • c. 647 BCE - c. 629 BCE
    Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
  • c. 100 BCE
    Cuneiform abandoned for alphabetic script.
  • c. 100 BCE
    Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.

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5000 BCE: Cuneiform script developed by Sumerians.
 
 
3500 BCE: First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
 
3500 BCE: First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
 
3000 BCE: Cuneiform script refined.
 
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.
 
1900 BCE - 1600 BCE: Composition of The Descent of Inanna.
 
1900 BCE - 1600 BCE: The Descent of Inanna written down.
 
 
1640 BCE - 1700 BCE: Written form of the Atrahasis Myth of the Great Flood.
 
1640 BCE - 1700 BCE: The Atrahasis written down.
 
647 BCE - 629 BCE: Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
 
 
100 BCE: Cuneiform abandoned for alphabetic script.
 
 
100 BCE: Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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