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3600 BCE: Invention of writing in Sumer at Uruk.
3500 BCE - 3100 BCE: Period V - Writing, crafts and pottery produced. Beer and wine brewed.
3500 BCE: Utu the Moon God first mentioned in Sumerian writing.
3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic writing develops in Egypt.
2890 BCE - 2670 BCE: Seshat first mentioned as goddess of writing and measurement in the 2nd Dynasty of the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt.
1792 BCE - 1750 BCE: Nisaba's worship declines during reign of Hammurabi as Nabu becomes the god of writing.
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
600 BCE - 800 CE: The Zapotec Period in which writing, mathematics, and astronomy were disseminated. Calendar developed.
100 BCE: Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.
125 CE - 180 CE: Life of the Rhetorician and Satirist Lucian of Samosata, an Hellenized Syrian writing in Attic Greek during the Second Sophistic.
155 CE: Pausanias begins writing his Description of Greece around this time.
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