Ancient Civilizations Timeline

This timeline attempts to give a general view of the main first civilizations to nowadays. Timeline lenght are not all the time exact and many civilizations or empires are not illustrated in order to represent only the first most importent ones.


Neolithic (New Stone Age)

9000 BC - 3500 BC

Antiquity Age

3500 BC - 476

Middle Age

476 - 1492

Modern Age

1492 - 1789

Contemporary Age

1789 - Present


Agriculture (Neolithic Revolution)

9000 BC

Writing / Wheel

3500 BC

Year 0

0 BC

476 - Fall of the Western Roman Empire


1492 - Discovery of America


1789 - French Revolution


1914 - World War 1



Catalhoyuk - Turkey

7500 BC - 5700 BC

Çatalhöyük was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia. It is located overlooking the Konya Plain, southeast of the present-day city of Konya in Turkey.

Yellow River - China

7000 BC - 5000 BC

he Yellow River is at the center of Chinese civilization and, in the eyes of many Chinese, is China’s mother river, whose culture represents Chinese civilization.
- Nanzhuangtou (BC 9500)
- Peiligang culture (BC 7000 - BC 5000)
- Dadiwan culture (BC 6000~BC 5000)
- Beixin culture (BC 6000~BC 5000)
- Cishan culture (BC 6000~BC 5000)
- Yangshao culture (BC 4800~BC 2500)
- Dawenkou culture (BC 4300~BC 2400)
- Longshan culture (BC 2500~BC 2000)
- Erlitou culture (BC 2000~BC 1600

Sumer - Mesopotamia

5400 bc - 1750 bc

Sumer was the first urban civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze ages, and arguably the first civilization in the world with Ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley.

Indus Valley

4000 BC - 1300 BC

The Indus Valley Civilisation was a Bronze Age civilisation, mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia, extending from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. Along with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was one of three early civilisations.

Ancient Egypt

3100 BC - 525 BC

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient Northeastern Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in the place that is now the country Egypt. Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt and coalesced around 3100 BC with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under Menes.

Assyrian Empire

2500 BC - 609 BC

Assyria was a major Mesopotamian kingdom and empire of the ancient Near East and the Levant. It existed as a state from perhaps as early as the 25th century BC in the form of the Assur city-state, until its collapse between 612 BC and 609 BC, spanning the Early to Middle Bronze Age through to the late Iron Age.

Pre-classic Maya

2000 BC - 250 CE

The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and noted for its hieroglyphic script—the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas—as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system. The Maya civilization developed in an area that encompasses southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador.

Ancient China

1600 BC - 256 BC

2100-1600 BCE - Xia Dynasty
1600-1050 BCE - Shang Dynasty
1046-256 BCE - Zhou Dynasty
221-206 BCE - Qin Dynasty
206 BCE-220 CE - Han Dynasty
220-589 CE - Six Dynasties Period
581-618 CE - Sui Dynasty
618-906 CE - Tang Dynasty
907-960 CE - Five Dynasties Period
960-1279 - Song Dynasty
1279-1368 - Yuan Dynasty
1368-1644 - Ming Dynasty
1644-1912 - Qing Dynasty

Greek / Macedonia

776 BC - 146 BC

776 BC: Traditional date for the first Olympic Games
In 146 BC Rome conquers Greece making it part of the Roman Empire.

Persian Empire

550 BC - 330 BC

The Persian Empire is a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia/Iran since the 6th century BC in the Achaemenid era, to the 20th century AD in the Qajar era.

Roman Empire

27 BC - 476 CE

The Roman Empire was the post-Roman Republic period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by government headed by emperors and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Byzantine Empire

330 CE - 1453 CE

The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople.

Ottoman Empire

1299 - 1922

The Ottoman Empire, also historically known in Western Europe as the Turkish Empire or simply Turkey, was a state that controlled much of southeastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries. It was founded at the end of the 13th century in northwestern Anatolia by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman. After 1354, the Ottomans crossed into Europe, and with the conquest of the Balkans, the Ottoman Beylik was transformed into a transcontinental empire. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire with the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed the Conqueror.

Austro-Hungarian Empire

1867 - 1918

Austria-Hungary, a constitutional union of the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary, was a multinational state and one of the world's great powers at the time. Austria-Hungary was geographically the second-largest country in Europe after the Russian Empire



3000 BC - Present


1813 BC - Present

Confucianism/ Taoism

500 BCE - Present


450 BCE - Present


0 AD - Present


610 - Present

7 New Wonders

Great Wall of China

700 BC



400 BC


The Colosseum

80 CE


Chichen Itza

600 CE


Machu Picchu



Taj Mahal



Christ the Redeemer



7 Seven Ancient Wonders

Great Pyramid of Giza

2560 BC


The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

600 BC

Akkadian Empire - Present Irak
Hanging Gardens of Babylon evoke a romantic picture of lush greenery and colorful flowers cascading from the sky. The grandeur of their sight must have been awe-inspiring, which is why Herodotus would have considered them one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, not only are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon not standing today, but their entire existence is debated. Because of the lack of documentation of them in the chronicles of Babylonian history, many doubt they were ever there. They may have been merely a figment of ancient imaginations, a story to be told in the annals of ancient myth and history.

Temple of Artemis

550 BC

Ephesus - Present Selçuk, Turkey

The Temple of Artemis was a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient, local form of the goddess Artemis. It was located in Ephesus (near the modern town of Selçuk in present-day Turkey). It was completely rebuilt three times, and in its final form was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. By 401 AD it had been ruined or destroyed. Only foundations and fragments of the last temple remain at the site.

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

435 BC

Olympia, Greece

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was a giant seated figure, about 13 m (43 ft) tall, made by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 435 BC at the sanctuary of Olympia, Greece, and erected in the Temple of Zeus there. A sculpture of ivory plates and gold panels over a wooden framework, it represented the god Zeus sitting on an elaborate cedar wood throne ornamented with ebony, ivory, gold and precious stones. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was lost and destroyed during the 5th century AD with no copy ever being found, and details of its form are known only from ancient Greek descriptions and representations on coins.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

351 BC

Achaemenid Empire - Present Bodrum, Turkey

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus for Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire, and his sister-wife Artemisia II of Caria. The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.
The Mausoleum was approximately 45 m (148 ft) in height, and the four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by one of four Greek sculptors—Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus. The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century, the last surviving of the six destroyed wonders.

Colossus of Rhodes

280 BC

Rhodes, Greece

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes, on the Greek island of the same name, by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was constructed to celebrate Rhodes' victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC. According to most contemporary descriptions, the Colossus stood approximately 70 cubits, or 33 metres (108 feet) high—the approximate height of the modern Statue of Liberty from feet to crown—making it the tallest statue of the ancient world.[2] It collapsed during the earthquake of 226 BC; although parts of it were preserved, it was never rebuilt.

Lighthouse of Alexandria

280 BC

Alexandria, Egypt

The Lighthouse of Alexandria was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 280 and 247 BC which has been estimated to be 100 metres in overall height. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for many centuries it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world. Badly damaged by three earthquakes between AD 956 and 1323, it then became an abandoned ruin. It was the third longest surviving ancient wonder (after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the extant Great Pyramid of Giza), surviving in part until 1480, when the last of its remnant stones were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay on the site. In 1994, French archaeologists discovered some remains of the lighthouse on the floor of Alexandria's Eastern Harbour. The Ministry of State of Antiquities in Egypt has planned, as of late 2015, to turn submerged ruins of ancient Alexandria, including those of the Pharos, into an underwater museum.