Which society developed tragedy, comedy, epic and almost every literary genre known in the West, but did so despite not having a sophisticated writing system until late in their history?

Answer: The Greeks. By the time the Greeks adopted such a system in 800 BCE, there had been advanced writing in Egypt and Mesopotamia for over two thousand years.

Source: The Cambridge History of Classical Literature – Greek Literature by P.E. Easterling

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