World History Timeline


Chandragupta Becomes King

321 B.C.

Changragupta gathered an army and killed an unpopular Nada king. This began the Mauryan Empire.

Mauryan Empire Stretches

303 B.C.

The Mauryan stretched more than 2,000 miles. This united northern India for the first time.

Chandragupta's Son

301 B.C.

Chandragupta's son assumed the throne. He ruled for 32 years.

Asoka Becomes King

269 B.C.

Asoka is Chandragupta's grandson who brought the empire to its greatest heights. At first he followed in the grandfather's footsteps.

Asoka's Death

232 B.C.

Asoka died in 232 B.C.. After he died, the empire could not hold together.

The Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians

185 B.C.

Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians came in waves to northern India. These invaders disrupted Indian society. They also introduced new languages and customs.

Chandra Gupta I

320 A.D.

Chandra Gupta I takes the title of "Great King of Kings." His power base was along the Genghis River

Samudra Gupta

335 A.D.

Chandra Gupta I's son, Samudra Gupta, became king. He had a warlike side.

Chandra Gupta II

375 A.D. - 415 A.D.

Chandra Gupta II strengthened his empire with peaceful ways. He negotiated diplomatic and marriage alliances.

The Decline

535 A.D.

The Gupta Empire broke into small kingdoms, which were all overrun. The Empire ended in about this time.

Timur the Lame and Delhi

1398 A.D.

Timur the Lame destroyed Delhi. The city was completely devastated.



11 year old Babur inherits a kingdom. It was small and his elders took it away. He gathered up an army to take it back.

Babur Leads an Army


He led 12,000 troops to victory against an army of 100,000. it was commanded by a sultan of Dehli.


1556 - 1605

Babur's grandson lived up to his name meaning great. He ruled India during this time with wisdom and tolerance.

Mumtaz Mahal's Death


Mumtaz Muhal died at age 39 while giving birth to her 14th child. The Taj Mahal was dedicated to her.

The Scramble of the Four Sons


When Shah Jahan became ill his four sons all went for the throne. Aurangzeb, the third son, was the first to move and won the throne.

Aurangzeb's Rule

1659 - 1707

As a master of military strategy and an aggressive empire builder, he ruled for a long time. He expanded the empire to its greatest size.


The Plague


The deadly plague broke out in Florence. Many people died.

Cosmio de Medici

1434 - 1464

Cosmio de Medici was the wealthiest European of his time. He won control of the Florence government in 1434. He died in 1464.

Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519

This is the life span of Leonardo da Vinci. He was a true Renaissance Man. He painted the Mona Lisa.

The Turks in Constantinople


The Turks conquer Constantinople. Christian scholars fled from there to Rome and Greece.

Hundred Years' War


The Hundred Years' War ended in 1453. It was between France and England. After many cities grew rapidly.



Donatello made a statue of David, a boy from the Bible. It was not THE David, by Michelangelo.

Lorenzo de Medici


Lorenzo is the grandson of Cosmio. He came to power in 1469 and was known as Lorenzo the Great.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

1475 - 1564

Michelangelo, like Leonardo, was a true Renaissance Man. this is his life span. He painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and other rooms in the Vatican. He also made the statue for David.

Vittoria Colonna

1492 - 1547

She was born from a noble family. She married the Marquis of Pescara. She exchanged sonnets with Michelangelo and helped Castiglione.

Claiming Throne in Naples


A French king claimed the throne of Naples in southern Italy. He then launched an invasion through northern Italy. This spread Italian artist around.

The Praise of Folly


Erasmus wrote his most famous work, The Praise of Folly in 1509. The book poked fun at greedy merchants, heartsick lovers, etc.

The Prince


The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli examines the perfect conduct of human beings. It takes the form of a guidebook.



Thomas More tried to show a better model for society by writing his book Utopia. In Greek, Utopia means "no place".

The Courtier


Baldassare Castiglione wrote a book called The Courier. It taught people how to be a Renaissance Man.

Flemish Painting


Flemish painting reached its peak in 1550. It did this with the work of Pieter Brugel the Elder.