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3600 BCE: Invention of writing in Sumer at Uruk.
 
3500 BCE: Utu the Moon God first mentioned in Sumerian writing.
 
3500 BCE - 3100 BCE: Period V - Writing, crafts and pottery produced. Beer and wine brewed.
 
3200 BCE: First instance of written language in Sumerian.
 
 
3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic writing develops in Egypt.
 
 
3150 BCE: Hieratic script develops following hieroglyphic script 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.
 
2500 BCE: Beginning of literature in Sumerian.
 
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.
 
2000 BCE: Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
 
1900 BCE - 1600 BCE: Composition of The Descent of Inanna.
 
1792 BCE - 1750 BCE: Nisaba's worship declines during reign of Hammurabi as Nabu becomes the god of writing.
 
1700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
 
 
1640 BCE - 1700 BCE: Written form of the Atrahasis Myth of the Great Flood.
 
1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Jiaguwen Script develops in China.
 
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
 
1600 BCE: Canaanite alphabet.
 
 
1500 BCE - 500 BCE: The Vedic Period in India.
 
 
1500 BCE - 1100 BCE: The Rig Veda written, mentioning the god Rudra (Shiva) for the first time.
 
 
1450 BCE: Development of the Linear B script.
 
1400 BCE: Ugaritic alphabet of 30 letters is invented.
 
1100 BCE: Phoenician alphabet.
 
1000 BCE - 700 BCE: Dazhuan Script develops in China.
 
 
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.
 
 
700 BCE: Demotic script replaces Hieratic script in Egypt, though Hieroglyphics still in use.
 
700 BCE: Xiaozhuan Script develops in China.
 
647 BCE - 629 BCE: Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
 
600 BCE - 800 CE: The Zapotec Period in which writing, mathematics, and astronomy were disseminated. Calendar developed.
 
500 BCE: Lishu "Clerky Script" develops in China.
 
196 BCE: The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
 
 
100 BCE: Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.
 
 
23 CE - 79 CE: Life of Pliny the Elder.
 
 
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.
 
 
309 CE - 379 CE: Zoroastrian religious literature committed to writing under the reign of Shapur II of the Sassanian Empire.
 
 
350 CE - 950 CE: Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
 
 
350 CE: Coptic script developed with the rise of Christianity and earlier Egyptian scripts forgotten.
 
626 CE - 649 CE: Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
 
1159 CE - 1190 CE: Writing career of poet Chretien de Troyes.
 
1160 CE - 1215 CE: Writing career of Marie de France.
 
1234 CE: Movable metal type printing is invented in Goryeo, Korea.
 
1389 CE: Christine's husband Etienne dies; Christine turns to writing to support herself and family.
 
1822 CE: Champollion announces decipherment of hieroglyphic writing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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