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    what is the first book/story/poem ever to be written by man?

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    I am not sure yet but it would be interesting to find out what you think.
     
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    I think someone said it was The Epic of Gilgamesh, but I could be wrong.

    This should probably be moved to The Lounge.
     
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    I doubt it exists now. Probably been destroyed thousands of years ago. Egypt has some old stories written on the walls, also, there were mayans; ancient China. Plus, there are locations of even older settlements. Including some here where I live (several hundred kilometers from my location), some ten to twelve thousand year old ones, but as far as I know they didn't know how to write.

    Atlantis... if it existed it must've had something somewhere written. Anyone know where the Atlantis myth began?
     
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    Atlantis began with Plato..without Plato we would not have heard of Atlantis.
    I might be well wrong.
    In orther to figure the earliest written piece of literature if to figure spoken language to be recorded meaning spoken culture.
     
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    I think that is correct in terms of works that still exist in some form today. There are other Sumerian texts that might be a little older, but the uncertainty around dating them puts them in roughly the same ballpark as the Epic of Gilgamesh.
     
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    For a long time considered the oldest Dutch sentence, round 1100:

    Hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan
    hinase hic enda thu
    uuat unbidan uue nu

    [Have all birds started their nests
    except me and you
    so what are we waiting for?]

    However, the oldest is from round 800: Gelobistu in got alamehtigan fadaer [Do you believe in God the almighty father].
     
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    The Epic of Gilgamesh is some 3,000 years old, so that's probably hard to beat...

    However:

     
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    I don't know about the other categories, but it's argued that Murasaki's The Tale of Genji is the first novel.
     

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