AP World Timeline



200000 bc - 30000 bc


140,000 BCE - 10,000 BCE


12000 BC - 8000 BC

Nomadic hunter gatherers. Created early civilizations and clans.

Neolithic Revolution

10000 bce - 5000 bce

The way of life changed dramatically for humans due to agricultural and technological advancements.

Land Bridge Migration to Americas

8000 b.c.e.

This is when the people of Siberia crossed a land bridge to the Americas at the end of the Ice Age.

Catal Huyuk

7500 bc - 5700 bc

One of the first Neolithic towns where settlement was achieved. Shoes early use of pottery and textiles.


3100 BC - 3000 BC

Pharoh of Egypt. Founder of the first dynasty.


3000 BC

The first use of bronze with tools and weapons.

Old Kingdom

2575 BC - 2134 BC

Old Kingdom of Egypt. Most ancient parts.

Harappa Mohenjo-Daro

2500 BCE - 1900 BCE

One of the largest and most important settlements in the Indus River Valley.


2340 BC - 2284 BC

First Sumerian ruler. Conquered Sumerian city-states in Mesopotamia.


2166 BC - 1991 BC

Father of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Originallt known as Abram.

Middle Kingdom

2050 BC - 1800 BC

The main part of Egypt. Longest and significant tie period.

Epic of Gilgamesh

2000 bc

First story ever written. Gives evidence to the Great Flood. Talks about the supreme ruler Gilgamesh.

Hammurabi Code

1754 BC

Laws and regulations regarding how punishments should be given. Very extreme and differed based on social class.

New Kingdom

1570 BC - 1080 BC

New time in Egypt. Many educational advancements.


1500 BC

Introduced the cast system and the Vedas.


1500 BC - 400 BC

First major civilization in Mexico. Believed to be the ancestors of other ancient civilizations in the Americas.


1200 BC

First use of iron in tools and weapons. Much better and much more expensive than bronze.


900 BCE - 200 BCE

Ancient civilization in Peru. Also believed to be the ancestors of other civilizations.


600 BCE - 500 BCE

Founder of Taoism. Ancient Chinese philosopher.


551 BCE - 479 BCE

Ancient philosopher. Came up with many Buddhist ideas and values.


539 bc - 530 bc

Founder of the Persian Empire. Was very tolerant of others culture and traditions. Conquered Media, Lydia, and Babylon.


521 bc - 486 bc

Conquered a large amount of land. Also, he made advancements in taxation and government centralization.


520 bc

Comes from Hinduism. Use of oracle bones to tell the future.

Roman Republic

509 BC - 264 BC

The Republic of Rome was led by a senate and consul. Early Rome.


495 bc - 429 bc

Greek statesman, orator, and a general of Athens. Great influence during the Persian War.

Warring States Period

475 BCE - 221 BCE

Discord in China. Constant war until the Han dynasty emerges victorious.


470 BC - 399 BC

Founder of Western Philosophy. Also a famous writer.


428 BC - 348 BC

Famous philosopher. Founder of The Academy in Athens.


384 B.C. - 322 B.C.

Well known philosopher. Teacher of Alexander the Great.


372 BCE - 289 BCE

The most famous Confucian after Confucius himself. Ancient Chinese philosopher.

Alexander the Great

356 BC - 323 BC

One of the most well known conquerors ever. Conquered vast amounts of land after his father died.

Mauryan Dynasty

321 BCE - 185 BCE

Iron age superpower in India.

Qin Shihuangdi

221 BCE - 210 BCE

Founded the Qin Dynasty. The first emperor of a unified China.

Qin Dynasty

221 BCE - 206 BCE

First unified Chinese dynasty

Han Dynasty

206 BCE - 220 CE

One of the most important Chinese dynasties. Second dynasty of China and one of the most influential.

Julius and Augustus Caesar

100 BC - 44 AD

Two of the most prominent emperors of Rome. Both created the Western understanding of Rome.

Pax Romana

27 BC - 180 AD

Period of peacefulness and minimal expansion in the Roman Empire.


6 BC - 30 CE

The prophet and savior of Christianity. One of the most well known historical figures today. Crucified by the Romans.

Ban Zhao

45 ce - 116 ce

First female Chinese historian. Famous for writing Lessons for Women.

Roman Empire hits its peak

117 A.D.

Run by one all powerful Emperor. Seen as a god. Late Rome.

Yellow Turban Rebellion


Peasant revolt in China against the Han Dynasty. Very important to Taoism.


272 - 337

Emperor of Rome/Byzantium. Made Christianity the main religion of Rome.


284 AD - 305 AD

Very bureaucratic emperor. Re-established the Roman military into a superpower.


300 CE - 700 CE

Andes Mountains civilization. Known for it's cohesion.


300 CE - 1100 CE

One of the most powerful ancient civilizations in Ancient America.

Gupta Dynasty

320 CE - 550 CE

Known as "The Golden Age". Many technological advancements in India.


434 - 453

Most famous ruler of the Huns.

Fall of Rome


Time when the Germanic tribes invaded and slowly destroyed Rome. Rome crumbled from the inside.