The Age of Ancient Texts - A Relative Perspective

 

YOUR LIFETIME ~ 25 years ~ 2020 CE
1900 CE
1800 CE
1700 CE
1667 - Paradise Lost
1600 CE
1532 - Gargantua and Pantagruel
1500 CE
1400 CE
1369-1372 - The Canterbury Tales
1308-1321 - The Divine Comedy 1300 CE
1200 CE
1100 CE
1000 CE
Adaptations of earlier texts are begun -- This collection will become the Thousand Nights and a Night
900 CE
800 CE
50 generations     
700 CE
"The Seafarer" (exact dating is uncertain)
600 CE
"The Wanderer" (exact dating is uncertain)
500 CE
400 CE
300 CE
200 CE
100 CE
80 generations      0
29-19 BCE - The Aeneid
100 BCE
200 BCE
300 BCE
347 BCE - The Apology
c. 400-300 BCE - Bhagavad -Gita
400 BCE
442 BCE - Antigone
100 generations      c. 500-400 BCE - The Ramayana
500 BCE
600 BCE
700 BCE
800 BCE
The Iliad and The Odyssey
900 BCE
1000 BCE
1100 BCE
1200 BCE
1300 BCE
1400 BCE
1500 BCE
1600 BCE
1700 BCE
150 generations     
1800 BCE - The Epic of Gilgamesh
1900 BCE
2000 BCE
2100 BCE
2200 BCE
2300 BCE
2400 BCE
Lifetime of Bilgame [Gilgamesh]
2500 BCE
2600 BCE
2700 BCE
2800 BCE
2900 BCE
200 generations      3000 BCE
3100 BCE
3200 BCE
3300 BCE
3400 BCE
3500 BCE
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344 generations c. 6600 BCE - Etchings upon tortoise shells found in Neolithic graves in central China may be the world's oldest evidence of writing.