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2950 BCE - 2650 BCE: The first of the city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called "City I" in the archaeological literature.
 
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: Egyptian Literature develops during the period of the Old Kingdom.
 
 
2600 BCE - 2350 BCE: Enki appears in literature during the Early Dynastic Period IIIa of Mesopotamian History.
 
 
2550 BCE - 2220 BCE: The second of three city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City II' in the archaeological literature.
 
2500 BCE: Beginning of literature in Sumerian.
 
2400 BCE - 2300 BCE: The Pyramid Texts written, the oldest religious literature in Egypt.
 
 
2220 BCE - 1761 BCE: The third and final city phase of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City III' in the archaeological literature.
 
 
2040 BCE - 1782 BCE: Literature from Middle Kingdom Egypt reflects skepticism of afterlife, encourages attention to ghosts.
 
 
2040 BCE - 1782 BCE: The Classical Age of Egyptian Literature during the time of the Middle Kingdom.
 
 
1570 BCE - 1069 BCE: Egyptian Literature becomes more cosmopolitan during the age of empire.
 
600 BCE - 500 BCE: The biblical Book of Kings written; first appearance in literature of the Queen of Sheba.
 
 
350 CE: Egyptian Literature is largely lost as Coptic Script is adopted and hieroglyphic script forgotten.
 
877 CE: Sugawara no Michizane (Tenjin) becomes a professor of Chinese literature.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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