Chronology Study Sheet I

Learn the following dates. You will not be expected to reproduce them, but to recognize them in a matching quiz. These dates are sufficient to orient you until the beginning of the Hellenistic Period. The cultures we are studying are displayed in three columns to show synchronicity: what events and developments were happening at the same time.


5000 BCE. Beginning of agriculture.
3500 BCE. Bronze Age civilization in Sumer. Uruk.



3100 BCE. Unification of upper and lower Egypt. Bronze Age civilization.



2900-1150 BCE. Minoan Civilization on Crete.

2800 BCE. Beginning of Sumerian Dynasty.
ca. 1750 BCE. Code of Hammurabi.

1600 BCE. Hittites conquer Old Bablylon.


ca. 1900 BCE. Abraham leaves Ur.




ca. 1600-1150 BCE. Mycenean Civilization in Greece.



800-400 BCE. Etruscan Civilization north of Rome.

ca. 1200 BCE. Exodus. Hebrews reach Palestine.


1000-961 BCE. Reign of David in Israel.

722 BCE. Israel (north) falls to Assyrians.


1250 BCE. Sack of Troy.




750 BCE. Homer.

700-500 BCE. Tyrants in Greece. Colonization.

546 BCE. Persia conquers Asia Minor.


509 BCE. Roman Republic begins.

586 BCE. Babylonian Captivity of Judah.

539 BCE. Cyrus conquers Babylon. Israelites return.


594 BCE. Reforms of Solon in Athens.




450 BCE. Twelve tables in Rome: legislative reform.



392 BCE. Romans defeat Etruscans.

330 BCE. Alexander defeats Darius the Persian.


490 BCE. Battle of Marathon.
480 BCE. Xerxes invades Greece and is defeated.

431-404 BCE. Peloponnesian War in Greece. Socrates active.



323 BCE. Death of Alexander. Empire divided among Ptolemies (Egypt), Seleucids (Asia Minor), and Antigonids (Greece).

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