Agriculture invented in the area of the Fertile Crescent, ca. 8000 B.C.
First civilization (Sumer) emerges, ca. 4000 B.C.
Great Pyramid of Khufu built at Gizah, ca. 2680 B.C.
Indo-Europeans invade Europe (present-day Iran), ca. 2000 B.C.
Code of Hammurabi codified (Babylonia), ca. 1790 B.C.
Phoenicians develop alphabet, ca. 1400 B.C.
Hebrews depart Egypt in Exodus (Sinai), ca. 1300 B.C.
Iron Age begins (Anatolia), ca. 1000 B.C.
Homer compiles Iliad in Ionia, ca. 800 B.C.
Jerusalem falls, Babylonian exile begins, 586 B.C.
Basic Old Testament canon completed in Jerusalem, ca. 500 B.C.
Greeks repel Persians (Battle of Marathon), 480 B.C.
Greek Golden Age flourishes in Athens, ca. 480-430 B.C.
Greek philosophy develops (with Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle), 469-322 B.C.
Alexander the Great expands his empire to Bactria in Afghanistan, 336-323 B.C.
Rome destroys Carthage, 146 B.C.
Julius Caesar comes to power in Rome, 45-44 B.C.
Octavian ends Roman civil wars, begins Principate in Rome, 31 B.C.
The trial of Jesus, in which the spiritual message of this religious leader was immortalized and would lead to one of the world’s greatest world faiths, 36 B.C.
Battle of Mulvian Bridge occurs, Constantine ends Christian persecution in the Balkans, 312
Constantine accepts Christianity, moves Roman capital to Constantinople , 330
Last Western Roman emperor deposed (Rome), 476
Muhammad’s Hijra Islamic community at Medina, 622
Charles Martel defeats Muslims in Tours, France, 733
Charlemagne crowned emperor in Rome, 800
Norse cross Atlantic to Vinland (Nova Scotia) ca. 1000
Orthodox and Catholic churches (Eastern and Western) split between Rome and Constantinople, 1054
Normans conquer England at Battle of Hastings, 1066
Pope Urban II calls for First Crusade (Clermont-Ferand, France), 1095
King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, 1215
Mongols withdraw from the West, 1242
Marco Polo publishes account of his travels (Venice), 1292
Papacy’s Babylonian Captivity forges on in Avignon, France, 1305-1377
Black Death arrives in western Europe (Messina, Sicily), 1347
Ottomans capture Constantinople, 1453
Moveable type first used in printing at Mainz, ca. 1455
Columbus’ discovery of the New World, which ushered in a profound era of exploration and conquest that would revolutionize the economic and political balance of Europe and lead to the creation of the United States of America, 1492
Vasco da Gama sails to India, 1498
Slave trade begins in Americas at Santo Domingo, 1505
Niccolò Machiavelli writes The Prince in Florence, 1513
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