Visual Timeline: Writing

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3500 BCE 3000 BCE 2500 BCE 2000 BCE 1500 BCE 1000 BCE 500 BCE 0 CE 500 CE 1000 CE  
3200 BCE: First instance of written language in Sumerian.
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.
1700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
1640 BCE - 1700 BCE: Written form of the Atrahasis Myth of the Great Flood.
1600 BCE: Canaanite alphabet.
1600 BCE - 1046 BCE: Writing develops in China during the Shang Dynasty.
1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Jiaguwen Script develops in China.
1500 BCE - 500 BCE: The Vedic Period in India after a greater migration of the Indo-Aryans from Central Asia
1500 BCE - 1100 BCE: The Rig Veda written, mentioning the god Rudra (Shiva) and goddess Tara (among others) 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: Death of Ahiram (or Ahirom) of Byblos, whose sarcophagus bears the oldest inscription of the Phoenician alphabet.
1000 BCE - 700 BCE: Dazhuan Script develops in China.
800 BCE: Earliest examples of Greek alphabetic script.
700 BCE: Xiaozhuan Script develops in China.
647 BCE - 629 BCE: Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
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.
23 CE - 79 CE: Life of Pliny the Elder.
350 CE - 950 CE: Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
626 CE - 649 CE: Woodblock printing process develops under reign of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty.
1234 CE: Movable metal type printing is invented in Goryeo, Korea.
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