Time Line from 8000 BCE to 600 CE


Cuneiform writing begins

2900 bc

first writing system in the world developed in the lower Tigris and Euphrates valley by Sumerians. It was based on pictograms and quickly developed to represent more abstract concepts.

Babylonian Empire (greatest period)

2800 bc - 1750 bc

empire in lower Mesopotamia, in the lower Euphrates valley. It became a major influence on the region because of its resistance to the Persian Empire. This empire is remembered by the creation of the first written code of laws, Hammurabi’s Code (1790 BC), and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Shang Dynasty

1600 bc - 1046 bc

considered to be the first true dynasty in china. they are consider to invent writing in the region since they are the first group of people from China of which written records are found.

Height of Egyptian Civilization

1570 bc - 1070 bc

Hittites developed iron

1300 bc

The Hittites development of iron goods, especially arms, helped them developed and increase their empire. Due to their position in the Anatolian Peninsula, their iron making methods expanded to both Europe and Asia approximately at the same time


1250 bc

navigators and traders of the Mediterranean world.

Zhou dynasty

1045 bc - 256 bc

longer lasting Chinese dynasty characterized by the emergence of important philosophical schools such as Confucianism and Taoism; its skilled with bronze-ware making; and the modernization of the ancient script

Siddhartha Gautama

563 bc - 483 bc

founder of Buddhism.


551 bc - 479 bc

Chinese philosopher whose teachings were based on governmental morality, correctness of social relationships (filial piety), justice and sincerity. His ideology greatly shaped Asian culture.

Bantu migration reaches South Africa

500 bc

Bantu people migration created great cultural diffusion from Central to South Africa. By the time they reached South Africa they had developed novel methods in agriculture and metal working, they had also created kingdoms that would become the foundation for the Great Zimbabwe


469 bc - 399 bc

Athenian philosopher famous for his view of philosophy as a pursuit proper and necessary to all intelligent men. His philosophy is called dialectic (analysis of question and answer)

Alexander the Great

356 bc - 323 bc

Conqueror of Greek city states and of Persian Empires from Asia Minor and Egypt to India. His most important legacy is the great cultural diffusions his conquest produced, which became the basis of the Hellenistic culture.

Roman capital moves to Constantinople

330 bc

connected Europe to Asia, and the Mediterranean with the Black Sea.

Theravada Doctrine

250 BC

earlier of the two great schools of Buddhism emphasizing personal salvation through one's own efforts.

Buddhism arrives in China

213 BC

introduction of Buddhism in China changed Chinese culture and politics, an created a common link with neighboring regions.

Han Dynasty

206 bc - 220

considered the golden age of Chine history. This dynasty was characterized by technological and scientific advancements such as papermaking and the use of negative number in mathematics. It also created the foundations for the Silk Road, one of the major trade routes between Asia and Europe.

Pax Romana

27 bc - 180

the terms of peace imposed by ancient Rome on its dominions.


5 bc

founder of Christianity

St Paul

2 bc

most notable of early Christian missionaries. Helped spread Christianity to different regions of the known world

Edict of Milan


letter signed by Constantine I and Licinius that proclaimed religious toleration in the Roman Empire.

Gupta Dynasty

320 - 550

empire that at its height encompassed much of North India. Due its constant peace and prosperity the people living in this dynasty were able to developed new technologies, flourish in arts and literature (Iron Pillar), and make outstanding progress on mathematics and other sciences. Its most distinguished rulers are Chandragupta I, Samudragupta, and Chandragupta II.

Attila the Hun

406 - 453

emperor of the Hunnic Empire. He is known as the Scourge God due to his ferocious attacks against the Roman Empire.

Sack of Rome


This was the first time in almost 800 years that Rome had fallen to an enemy, it is seen as a major landmark in the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire.


483 - 565

Eastern Roman emperor whose greatest accomplishment was the codification of Roman law. He also built the Hagia Sophia

Printing invented


the first printing is done in China under the T’ang Dynasty.

Destruction of Second Temple in Jerusalem


The temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in the First Jewish-Roman War. Its fall is still mourned today in the Jewish fast Tisha B'Av and celebrated in the the Arch of Titus.