The Epic Of Gilgamesh, by Sam Kuraishi
The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest novels that we know of and was written by an unknown author almost 5000 years ago in what is now Iraq.
Before 3000 B.C. true writing systems had been around for about 1000 years but they were only used for laws, marriage contracts, business contracts, business records, tax rolls and records, water allocations, licenses, land deeds, wills, government decrees and educational purposes, not for stories.
The people that lived in what is now Iraq 5000 years ago were very intelligent people they invented a mathematical system that we all still use to this very day based on the number 60 and divisible by 6.
360 degrees in a circle, 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in a hour, 24 hours in a day 30 days in a month, 12 months is a year and 360 days in a year and they made of the extra 5 days left out by having 5 feast days without marking their calenders. They had discovered and charted the planets that are visible without a lens and determined that indeed they were planets and not stars by their motions.
They are also given credit also for inventing the wheel and inventing the brewing of beer, discovered while trying to figure out how to make something useful out of stale bread. Bread has all the ingredients to make beer and alcohol except water.