Ancient Greece timeline

  • Early Minoan Period of Greece

    The Minoan civilization was a Bronze Age civilization which arose on the island of Crete. The Minoan culture flourished from approximately 2700 to... Read more

  • Early Cycladic Period of Greece

    The significant Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic flat female idols carved out of the islands'... Read more

  • Early Helladic I Period of Greece

    The Early Helladic is marked by the emergence in Greece of an agricultural population that probably did not speak an Indo-European language. Very... Read more

  • Middle to Late Cycladic Period of Greece

    The significant Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is best known for its schematic flat female idols carved out of the islands'... Read more

  • Early Helladic II Period of Greece

    This culture is defined stratigraphically at Eutresis and Tsoungiza above Early Helladic I levels of the Eutresis culture and at Eutresis, Lerna,... Read more

  • Early Helladic III Period of Greece

    At Lerna and Tiryns in the Argolid, this cultural assemblage is found stratified directly above settlements of the Korakou (EH IIA) culture which... Read more

  • Middle Minoan Period of Greece

    In the Early Minoan period ceramics were characterised by linear patterns of spirals, triangles, curved lines, crosses, fishbone motifs, and such.... Read more

  • Middle Helladic Period of Greece

    The typical MH site is located on the top of a rocky hill or eminence. In contrast to the dispersed settlement pattern of the Korakou culture in... Read more

  • Minoan Eruption of Thera

    The eruption of Santorini in Greece in 1,650 B.C. was one of the largest (VEI=6) in the last 10,000 years. About 7 cubic miles (30 cubic km) of... Read more

  • Late Minoan Period of Greece

    Karfi, Crete, (also Karphi, Greek: Καρφί) is a little-visited archaeological site high in the Dikti Mountains that is akin to Machu Picchu for the... Read more

  • Mycenaean Greece

    Mycenaean Greece (c. 1600 BC – c. 1100 BC) is a cultural period of Ancient Greece taking its name from the archaeological site of Mycenae in... Read more

  • Late Helladic I Period of Greece

    The LHI pottery is known from the fill of the shaft graves of Lerna and the settlements of Voroulia and Nichoria (Messenia), Ayios Stephanos,... Read more

  • Late Helladic II Period of Greece

    The description of the LHIIA is mainly based on the material from Kourakou East Alley. Domestic and Palatial shapes are distinguished. There are... Read more

  • Late Helladic III Period of Greece

    Shortly after this stage begins, the palace at Knossos suffers a major destruction, after which Mycenaean cultural forms become as dominant... Read more

  • Greek Dark Ages

    The Greek Dark Age or Ages' (ca. 1200 BC–800 BC) are terms which have regularly been used to refer to the period of Greek history from the presumed... Read more

  • Sparta Settlements Appear

    Archeology is however difficult to reconcile with the legend. Sparta itself only begins to show signs of settlement around 1000 BCE, some 200 years... Read more

  • Archaic Period in Greece

    The archaic period in Greece (800 BCE – 480 BCE) is a period of Ancient Greek history. The term originated in the 18th century and has been... Read more

  • First Olympic Games Held in Olympia, Greece

    The most widely accepted date for the inception of the Ancient Olympics is 776 BC; this is based on inscriptions, found at Olympia, of the winners... Read more

  • Anaximander is Born

    Anaximander was one of the earliest Greek thinkers at the start of the Axial Age, the period from approximately 700 BC to 200 BC, during which... Read more

  • Pythagoras of Samos is Born

    Pythagoras of Samos (Greek: Ὁ Πυθαγόρας ὁ Σάμιος, O Pūthagoras o Samios, "Pythagoras the Samian", or simply Ὁ Πυθαγόρας; c. 570-c. 495 BC) was an... Read more

  • Xenophanes is Born

    Xenophanes of Colophon (Ancient Greek: Ξενοφάνης ὁ Κολοφώνιος IPA: [ksenophánɛːs ho kolophɔˊːnios]; c.570 – c.475 BCE) was a Greek philosopher,... Read more

  • The Persian Revolt

    The Persian Revolt, as it is known, was the first time the unified province of ancient Persis, after voluntary submission to the Assyrians and... Read more

  • Battle of Hyrba

    The Battle of Hyrba was the first battle between the Persians and Medians. It was also the first battle after the Persians had revolted. These... Read more

  • Battle of the Persian Border

    The Battle of the Persian Border was the second encounter between the forces of Media and Persia. Though not a decisive victory for Persia, it... Read more

  • Temple of Artemis Completed

    The Temple of Artemis (Greek: Ἀρτεμίσιον, or Artemision), also known less precisely as Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to a goddess... Read more