Ancient Greece Events Timeline

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The first major civilization in the region begins

3000 bc

The first major civilization in the region begins on the island of Crete. Its inhabitants, known as Minoans, live peacefully in big cities, trade with other countries and develop Europe's first system of writing.

A volcanic explosion Wipes out the Minoans

1400 Bc

A volcanic explosion on the island of Santorini creates tidal waves and earthquakes that destroys the Minoan civilization.

The Trojan War

1200 BC - 1191 BC

The Trojan War started in 1200 BC
And Finished nine years later with the destruction of troy. The Trojan war ended with a surprise attack, in a Wooden Horse.

Development of the Greek Alphabet

850 BC - 700 BC

The Greek Alphabet was being created between 850 BC and 700 BC

The First Olympic Games Are Staged

776 BC

The First Olympic Games Are Staged in 776 BC and were very different to Today's Olympic games

Homer Writes His poems

730 Bc

Homer writes his epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. He is believed to have lived in Ionia in Asia Minor. The Iliad is an epic poem about the battle of Troy

Greek Coins Are Introduced

600 BC

The First Greek Coins used as currency were introduced in 600 BC. Now a-days, these coins can fetch about 100M at an auction.

the Persian Empire Conquers Greece.

546 Bc

he Persian Empire, a large and powerful Asian kingdom, conquers much of Greece.

The Peloponnesian Wars begin

461 BC - 446 BC

the Peloponnesian Wars begins between Sparta and Athens

Peace

446 Bc - 416 BC

30 Years of peace and no wars!

Plato Founded an Academy

380 BC

In 380 BC, Plato founded the Academy where men learned philosophy and the sciences in order to become better people. Plato was the student of Socrates who was executed for "corrupting the youth.".

King Philip II of Macedonia conquers Greece.

338 Bc

King Philip II of Macedonia conquers Greece after wars between city-states weaken the country.

Reign Of Alexander The Great

333 Bc - 323 Bc

From 333 to 323 BC, he greatly expanded the territory of Greece from mainland Greece all the way to present day Afghanistan. He died at age 32.

Romans invade and conquer the Greek Empire

145 BC

Romans invade and conquer the Greek Empire. After years of civil wars, Greece's city-states prosper once again under the rule of the Romans, who greatly admire Greek culture.