The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered an epic poem. It is about a man named Gilgamesh and a man named Enkidu who search for the key to immortality. The stories like The Epic of Gilgamesh where written as epic poems because the Greeks had passion for the art of oral storytelling. They where also written as poems so it could help the storytellers remeber and perform the whole story.
The Bible's Old Testament
1200 B.C. - 165 B.C.
The Bible's Old Testament includes many tales and lessons that had occured many years before they where written into the Old Testament. These stories in the Old Testament came from people who witnessed these events and kept them alive through telling stories about the events. These stories where put into one big book where many people could have access and read what these stories where about all in one place.
Aesop lived in the 500s and for 300 years his fables were remembered by people without it being written down on any pieces of paper until the 200s. This shows that Oral storytelling was becoming a powerful and memorable thing that even after 300 years since they were told they still being passed on and remmebered by people.
Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and what made him this popular storyteller to people was that all of his work was expansive and was relatable to people. His stories and poems are the most performed in theater and are often adapted into films. They also taught and read in many schools.
The stories that are known as fairy tales started in France. The fairy tales where primarily written for children. The fairly tales purpose was to entertain children aswell as teach them important life lessons. Fairy tales showed how a story could have a lesson to go along with it.
In 1709 the first modern Newspaper was created. The newspaper gave people articles and information on any important news that was going on. These news articles where written by people who had their own perspectives on certain events that where going on. Newspapers also somtimes feature mini comic strips which is a form of storytelling in itself. Now of days this is done more online.
The photograph was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1827.A photograph produced art that replicated its subject much more than the more subjective ways of paintings. Photography during this time became the most important way of visual expression due to its speed and potential to produce much more easily. Photographs where essentially a big upgrade towards paintings because it showed what actually the subject of the picture was doing instead of someone's interpretation of it from a painting. However a photographic artist had no control over their subjects and whatever they took a picture of was that picture where a painter has total control to paint or draw what they saw of their subject.
1877 - Present
Eadweard Muybridge used a series of cameras to study the motion of horses. This eventually evolved into people using it to create films for people to go watch in the theaeters or on television. These films often had stories that where being told with actors portraying characters. This gave people a new way to present stories as well as view them and be entertained by them. Films are still a big thing that people use to witness a story being told.
1971 - Present
Video games especially now in the 21st century have told stories and have been mediums in which people use to experience a good story. Video games have made it possible for people to have control over characters in a story and to feel like they are actually apart of the story that is being told.