Background for Plato's Atlantis

Minoan Civilization

Earliest Evidence of Anatomically Human residents in Crete

Approx. 10000 BCE - Approx. 8000 BCE

Minoan Civilization

Approx. 3500 BC - Approx. 1450 BC

The most famous Minoan in Greek Literature was King Minos, the first King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa.
Every nine years, he made King Aegeus pick seven young boys and seven young girls to be sent to Daedalus's creation, the labyrinth, to be eaten by the Minotaur. After his death, Minos became a judge of the dead in the underworld.

"Catastrophe in Crete"-- an eruption, earthquake or invasion virtually wipes out Minoan Civilization

Approx. 1800 BCE - Approx. 1700 BCE

Minoan Eruption at Thera-- sometime between these dates.

Approx. 1642 BCE - Approx. 1540 BCE


When Plato's ancestor, Solon, dated Atlantis in Plato's story.

Approx. 9600 BC

First Olympics

776 BCE


428 BC - 348 BC

Socrates Dies

399 BCE

Sparta at War with Athens

395 BCE - 387 BCE

City of Ἑλίκη destroyed by Earthquake and Tsunami

373 BCE

Aristotle becomes Plato's Student

367 BCE

Critias written by Plato

Approx. 360 BCE


Persian Empire: Median

728 BCE - 549 BCE

Persian Empire: Achaemenid

550 BCE - 330 BCE

Darius the Great

521 BCE - 486 BCE