World History Timeline

Blue: Jewish History Green: Babylonian History Orange: Han Dynasty Pink: Mayan Civilization


The Exodus and the giving of the Torah on Mount. Sinai

1313 B.C.E

The Children of Israel enter the land of Israel

1272 B.C.E

The Israelites enter the Promised land after 40 years in the wilderness

Babylon is under Assyrian control

1,220 B.C.E

King David is born

907 B.C.E

King Solomon builds the first Temple

833 B.C.E

Israel splits into two kingdoms

796 B.C.E

Israel- 10 tribes
Judah- 2 tribes

Babylon is captured by Chaldeans

734 B.C.E

Writing is developed in Mesoamerica

700 B.C.E

Sack of Babylon; City is destroyed

689 B.C.E

Nineveh is sacked and burned by combined forces of Babylonians, Scythians and Medes.

612 B.C.E

Jews are deported to Babylonia

597 B.C.E - 587 B.C.E

Babylonian King Nabuchadnezzar captures Jerusalem

597 B.C.E

Nebuchadnezzar II builds the Ishtar Gate and the great walls of Babylon

575 B.C.E

Fall of Babylon, conquored by Cyrus of Persia

539 B.C.E

Return of the Jews to the Holy Land

The Fertile Crescent is controlled by the Achaemenid Empire

539 B.C.E

First Persian empire

1st Temple is destroyed

422 B.C.E.

Earliest known solar calendars carved in stone are in use among the Maya

400 B.C.E

Temple is rebuilt

352 B.C.E

End of the era of prophecy; beginning of Mishnaic era

Alexander the Great receives Celtic delegations in Babylon

323 B.C.E

Seleucos conquers Babylon and founded the Seleucid Empire

312 B.C.E

Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang) becomes first Han ruler

206 B.C.E

Liu Bang dies

202 B.C.E

His empress tries to confiscate the empire for her own family
The conflict lasts for 15 years

Liu Bang is proclaimed emperor of China after defeating the rebel Xiang Yu

202 B.C.E

Han Emperoro Wu abandons Legalism in favor of Confucianism

141 B.C.E - 87 B.C.E

City of Teotihuacan is founded

100 B.C.E

For centuries this city is the cultural, religious, and trading center of Mesoamerica

City of Cerros is built with complex temples

50 B.C.E

The city is abandoned for unknown reasons 100 years later and people return to fishing and farming

Wang Man takes control of the Empire by usurping the throne

9 C.E.

Proclaimed the beginning of a new dynasty called Xin "new"

2nd Temple destroyed by Romans (70)

70 C.E.

The Han Dynasty invades Mongolia

91 C.E.

Invention of fine paper-making process by Cai Lun

105 C.E.

An Shigao is the first Buddhist translator

148 C.E.

He was mentioned in Chinese sources who established a translation center in the Chinese imperial capital, Luoyang

The Yellow Turban rebellion breaks out when local government officals are attatcked across China

184 C.E.

Yellow Turban uprising threatened the city of Luoyang

184 C.E.

End of Mishnaic Era and beginning of Talmudic Era

188 C.E.

Civil and ceremonial law encompassing both the Mishnah and Gemara

Mishnah Compiled

200 CE

Oral tradition of Jewish law

Cao Cao takes over the former Han government and appoints himself chancellor, in effect, military dictator

205 C.E.

Liu Xie abdicates the throne

220 C.E.

Wars between warlords and states continued in China for 350 years

Maya city of Tikal becomes the first great Mayan city

500 C.E

Citizens from Teotihuacan make their way to Tikal introducing new ideas involving weaponry, captives, and the ritual practice of human sacrifice

Unknown event destroys city of Teotihuacan

600 AD

Emperor Pacal dies and is buried in the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque

683 C.E

City of Tikal is abandoned

899 C.E

Collapse of southern lowland cities. Northern cities continue to thrive

900 C.E

Rashi is born

1040 C.E.

Shlomo Yitzchaki, today generally known by the acronym Rashi, was a medieval French rabbi and author of a comprehensive commentary on the Talmud and commentary on the Tanakh.

Maimonides (Rambam) is born

1135 CE

Important Jewish philosopher

Northern Maya cities begin to be abandoned

1200 C.E