The Age of Ancient Texts - A Relative Perspective

 

YOUR LIFETIME ~ 25 years

~ 2010 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

     

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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.