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  • c. 3500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
  • c. 3200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • c. 2150 BCE - c. 1400 BCE
    The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets.
  • 2000 BCE
    Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
  • 1700 BCE
  • 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.
  • c. 647 BCE - c. 629 BCE
    Extensive collection of clay tablets acquired known as Ashurbanipal's Library at Nineveh.
  • c. 350 CE - c. 950 CE
    Estimated use of the Ogham in Ireland and southwestern England.