Alphabet Timeline

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  • c. 3200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • c. 2000 BCE - c. 1650 BCE
    Cretan Hieroglyphic script is in use.
  • c. 1850 BCE - c. 1450 BCE
    The Linear A script of the Minoan civilization is in use.
  • c. 1600 BCE
    Canaanite alphabet.
  • c. 1400 BCE
    Ugaritic alphabet of 30 letters is invented.
  • 1100 BCE
    Phoenician alphabet.
  • c. 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.
  • c. 350 CE - c. 950 CE
    Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.
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