Timeline
 
3500 B.C.


Evidence of picture writing being used
Early hieroglyphic signs used
 
3400 B.C. A
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3300 B.C. A
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3200 B.C. Hieroglyphic writing system developed
C
3100 B.C.

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c
3000 B.C. Hieratic writing system developed
2900 B.C. A
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c
2800 B.C. A
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c
2700 B.C.A
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c
2600 B.C.A
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C
c
2500 B.C.A
B
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c
2400 B.C.A
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c
2300 B.C.A
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c
2200 B.C.A
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c
2100 B.C.A
B
C
c
2000 B.C.A
B
C
c
1900 B.C.A
B
C
c
1800 B.C.A
B
C
c
1700 B.C.A
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C
c
1600 B.C.A
B
C
c
1500 B.C.A
B
C
c
1400 B.C.A
B
C
c
1300 B.C.A
B
C
c
1200 B.C.A
B
C
c
1100 B.C.A
B
C
c
1000 B.C.A
B
C
c
900 B.C.A
B
C
c
800 B.C. Hieratic gradually replaced by demotic
700 B.C. Demotic used for most official documents
600 B.C.A
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C
c
500 B.C.A
B
C
c
400 B.C.A
B
C
c
300 B.C.A
B
C
c
200 B.C. Rosetta stone carved (196)
100 B.C.A
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c
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C
c
100 A.D. Coptic script develops
200 A.D.A
B
C
c
300 A.D. Greek introduced by Ptolemaic rulers
Greek script used in government documents
400 A.D.A
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C
c
500 A.D.

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c
600 A.D.A
B
C
c
700 A.D. Arabic becomes primary language and script
800 A.D.A
B
C
c
900 A.D.A
B
C
c
1000 A.D.A
B
C
c
1100 A.D.A
B
C
c
1200 A.D.A
B
C
c
1300 A.D.A
B
C
c
1400 A.D.A
B
C
c
1500 A.D. Use of coptic ends
1600 A.D.A
B
C
c
1700 A.D.Rosetta stone found (A.D.1799)
1800 A.D. Hieroglyphic script deciphered (1822)
1900 A.D.A
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c
2000 A.D.A
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c