Timeline of World Literature

tracking significant historical, cultural, and literary milestones as they impact world literature

UNIT #1: Sumerian, Egyptian, Hebrew Literature

Egytians develop hieroglyphics

3,000 BC

hieroglyphics = formal writing system used by the ancient Egyptians that combined symbols and alphabetic elements

Sumerians develop written language in cuneiform

3,000 BC

cuneiform = one of the earliest known systems of writing; wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets

Egypt introduces 365-day calendar

2,800 BC

Gilgamesh, (Sumerian) King of Uruk, rules

2,700 BC

legendary Sumerian king; subject matter of The Epic of GIlgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh (Sumerian) is written

2,000 BC

long narrative poem about a Sumerian king named Gilgamesh who lived between 2700 and 2500 BC

The Ten Commandments become the basis of Jewish law (Hebrew)

1,200 BC

The Old Testament is assembled (Hebrew)

200 BC