2112 Evenor colonises the island of Atlantis and the Aegean
according to Plato. Achaeans invade Greece in two
waves in 2200 BC and 1900 BC
2094 Atlas the grandson of Evenor gives his name to Atlantis
The Birth of the World
The Orphic Tradition combined with that
of Hesiod and Hyginus
1910 BC In the beginning was Thesis (Disposition), which existed
before Water (Hydros) and Mud (Pilos).
1890 Mud solidified into Ge (Earth). Troy
V built. First Minoan palace built at Knossos c.1900 BC. First symbolic
1880 Ge united with Hydros gives birth to Khronos (Time) who is
united with Ananke (Necessity) being of the same nature.
1852 Misty Khronos also called Herakles fathers Aither, Chaos and
1834 Into Aither bursts Ouranos, Gaia and Phanes from an egg created
by Khronos. Chaos begets Nyx (Night) and Erebus.
1794 Erebus and Nyx the daughter of Chaos beget Hemere (Day), Aether
and Eros. Phanes begets a daughter Nyx.
1776 Chaotic Aether with Hemere beget Gia and Thalassa (Sea).
1759 Aether and Nyx the daughter of Phanes produce Ouranos or
Gia gives birth to Ouranos, the Ouria (Hills), Pontus and Tartarus without union.
1742 Ouranos begets the Hekadoncheries, Cyclopes and the Titans by
Chthon/Gia. Shaft tombs at Mycenae constructed
between 1740 and 1450 BC
1710 The Titans fight and defeat Ouranos. Kronos castrates
Ouranos with a sickle. Aphrodite Ourania emerges at Kythera and travels to
The Reign of the Titans. The Golden Age
1703-1673 BC Kronos (Saturn) rules Greece. The Golden Age of
Mankind. Kronos imprisons the Hekadoncheries and Cyclopes in Tartarus and
places the Titans in positions of power. Satur rules
at Knossos c.1725-1675 BC. Palace at Knossos destroyed c.1700 BC then
rebuilt. Troy VI built.
1701 BC Kronos mother warns him not to take Rhea as his wife or
have children with her, otherwise one of his children will dethrone him. He
ignores his mother and takes his sister Rhea as his wife, who gives birth to
Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus. Kronos tries to avoid the
prophecy but Zeus is taken by his mother into hiding in Crete.
The Rise of the Gods
1701-1682 BC Zeus grows up in the Dictyan caves near Lato.
When grown up he frees his bothers and sisters from captivity and wages war
1700 Herakles the Dactyl holds the first Olympic Games
1682 The Olympians release the Hekadoncheries and the Cyclopes from
imprisonment in Tartarus and allied with Zeus, Prometheus and Epimetheus they
attack the Titans commanded by Atlas. The War lasts 10 years.
1682 or 1672 Zeus takes his sister Hera as wife
1682-1672 Births of Hephaestus, Ares, Eris, Hebe to Zeus and Hera.
Births of Apollo and Artemis to Leto, Hermes to Maia and Athene to Metis.
1682 Inachus becomes king of the Argives and judges that the land of
the Peloponnese belongs to Hera instead of Poseidon.
1672 Zeus wins victory. Kronos is exiled to Elysia and rules over
Scilly and Italy. Zeus and the Olympians rule over Greece and the Titans are
imprisoned in Tratarus. Hyksos 15th
Dynasty invades and rules Egypt from 1674 to 1546 BC, Saasi[tepis] rules over
Lato in Crete c.1650 BC
The Affairs of the Gods. The Silver Age
1672-1628 The Silver
or second of the Five ages of mankind begins.
1672 Zeus celebrates the Olympic Games in honour of his victory over
1667 Prometheus is chained to the Scythian rocks after stealing the
secret of fire from the Gods and giving it to man
1667 Zeus has an affair with Io (Ioun) the daughter of Inachus the son
of Oceanus and carries her off to Egypt. The Hyksos
king Beon also called Khyan rules Egypt 1667.5-1645.5 BC. Inscription bearing
his name found on Crete.
1666 Apollo and Hermes and Ares compete in the Olympic Games
1656 Phoroneus the first man rules over the entire Peloponnese from
Phronocium later to become Argos
1652 The gods create Pandora. Epimetheus is given Pandora to be his
wife. Pandora is given a jar as a wedding present and told not to open it. Pandora
opens it and mankind suffers the consequences.
1650 The battle of the Gods and Giants begins and Porphyrion is
1646 The Thelcisians and the Cariatians start a war against Phoroneus
and the Parrhasians.
1645 Epaphus the son of Io rules in Egypt. Hyksos
king Epaphus I/Apopis I rules in Egypt 1645 BC.
1643 Ogygus founds Eleusis in Attica
1628 Epaphus is murdered. The Titians attempt to regain power
but fail. Atlas is punished, being made to carry the heavens on his
shoulders. Typhon is defeated and imprisoned under Mt Etna. 14 royal tombs at Mycenae date between 1650-1550 BC.
1628 The Ogygian deluge occurs. Thera
volcano erupts in 1628 BC. Minoan palace at Knossos destroyed by earthquakes
The First Brazen Age
1628-1460 BC The Brazen,
or third of the five ages of mankind
1628 Zeus seduces Niobe the daughter of Phoroneus (first of Zeus affairs
with mortal women)
1628 Car the son of Phoroneus founds the city of Megara
1628 Apis rules over the Peloponnese and Egypt. Linear A inscription with the name Saiapis found in Crete.
Epaphus II/Apopis II also known as Apis or Sarapis rules in Egypt.
1622 The Telchines, having been conquered, found Rhodes, which
previously was called Ophiusa.
1605 Apis is slain by Thelxion and Telchis
1605 Argus the grandson of Phoroneus founds the city of Argos and
slays the murderers of Apis. Achaean invaders reach
region of Mycenae c.1600 BC
1573 Criasus the son of Argus becomes king of Argos
1541 Phorbas the son of Argus conquers Rhodes
1517 Pelasgus rules over Arcadia.
1510 Polycaon son of Lelax rules in Messenia and Myles rules in
1488 Danaus flees from Aegyptus to Rhodes then takes Pelasgian Argos. c.1480 BC Tutmoses III campaigns in Asia-Minor. His
inscriptions mention receiving tribute from the Danai
1487 Lycaon king of Arkadia introduces the worship of Zeus
1484 Cecrops king of Athens introduces the worship of Zeus
1472 Danaus becomes king of Argos in the Peloponnese after Gelanor steps
down. (Jerome 1474)
1460 Lycaon provokes the Zeus’ anger by murdering his son Nyctimus and
serving him up to the Gods.
The Heroic Age
or Second Brazen Age
1456 A Flood is sent by
Zeus to destroy all of mankind after Lycaon outrages the Gods. Deucalion and
his family escape in an Ark, which Prometheus tells him to build.
1446 Dardanus founds Dardania after being given a share in the kingdom
of Teucer king of Phrygia. Tudhaliya II is king of
the Hittites from 1460-1440
1438 Zeus violates Europe, birth of Minos. (Jerome 1445 or
1432) Mycenaean’s conquer Minoans in Crete
c.1450 BC. Earthquake destroys city of Knossos c.1450 BC. Palace is rebuilt
and used until c.1380 BC
1437 Cadmus colonises Boeotia and founds Thebes. (Jerome
1420 Dionysus the son of Zeus and Semele daughter of Cadmus is born. At Pylos Di-wo-ni-so-jo is found inscribed in Linear-B
1420 Persephone the daughter of Demeter is abducted by Hades
1415 Erichthonius rules at Troy (Jerome 1415)
1406 Olympic Games held 50 years after the flood
1406 Minos I becomes king of Crete
1402 Dionysus is entertained by Amphyction king of Athens
1400 Cinyras the son of Paphos the son of Pygmalion the son of Belus
funds the city of Paphos in Cyprus. Cyprus is
conquered by the Mycenaean’s and Minoan colony wiped out c.1400
1397 Erichthonius referred to as Erechtheus by Homer rules at Athens
1390 Aeolus seduces Cheirons daughter Thea.
1386 Dionysus restores Ammon as king of Egypt then conquers Damascus
and all of India. Amenhotep III reigns from
1386-1349, Aryan invaders destroy Indus Valley civilisation c.1400, Tudhaliya
III (Turgal) rules the Hittites 1400-1380 BC.
1386 Dionysus drives Pentheus the king of Thebes to madness
1385 Cadmus leaves Thebes and goes to the Illyria
1377 Tectemus the son of Dorus founds colony in Crete and fathers
Asterius. Second Mycenaean wave of colonisation in
Crete puts an end to Minoan palace civilisation c.1400 BC
1372 Pandion becomes king of Athens
1370 Athamas rules over Boeotia
1365 Tros reigns over Troy
1363 Apollo fathers Asclepius by Coronis, daughter of Phlegyas
1362 Tantalus reigns over Phrygia
1360 Tantalus abducts Ganymedes the son of Tros
1360 Epopeus king of Sicyon at war with Thebes
1357 Pandions daughter Philomela marries Tereus king of Thrace to form
alliance against Theban king Labdacus
1356 Perseus son of Danae by Zeus is born
1352 Erectheus becomes king of Athens
1341 Eumolpus attacks Athens and is defeated by Ion and Erechtheus
1336 Aetolus conquers Aetolia after murdering Dorus the son of Apollo
and Phthia, and his brothers
1335 The Aloads, Otos and Ephialtes sons of Iphimedeia pile the
mountains on top of each other in order to reach the Gods and introduce the
worship of the 3 Muses.
1332 or 1347 A Golden Lamb takes Phrixus while a boy, to
Colchis. The Isthmian games are established.
1327 Erechtheus is struck down by Poseidon
1327 Cecrops the eldest son of Erectheus is chosen by Xuthus to become
king of Athens
1327 Amphion kills Lycus and becomes king of Thebes
1322-1263 Pelops the son of Tantalus king of Phrygia and Lydia flees Asia
Minor and rules in Pisa and Olympia.
1322 Pelops marries Hippodamia and holds Olympic Games
1322 Pelops sister Niobe marries Amphion king of Thebes
1322 Pegasus the winged horse born from Medusas blood after she is
slain by Perseus.
1322 Perseus accidentally kills his grandfather Acrisius at the
funeral games of the father of King Teutamides
1322-1314 The children of Perseus and Andromeda are born. Fortress of Mycenae built between 1400 and 1200.
1322 Bellerophon goes to king Proetus court to be purified
1312 Midas reigns in Phrygia (Jerome)
1310 The Argonauts Calais and Zates are born to Orithyia and Bores
1309 Minos II the grandson of Minos becomes king of Crete after
Asterius dies. Most Linear B inscriptions found date
from 1250-1175 BC and no earlier than c.1350-1300 BC
1308 Procris leaves her husband and is seduced by Minos in Crete
1307 Pandion becomes king of Athens and is expelled by the sons of
1306 Laius caries off Chrysippus the son of Pelops and Astyoche
1301 Oebalus becomes the second husband of Gorgophone the daughter of
1293 Herakles kills Busaris the king of Egypt and his son after
escaping from being held prisoner to be sacrificed in order to put an end to
a long famine. Horemeheb known also as Moeris or
Bocchoris reigns in Egypt from 1321-1293 during a period of famine
1292 Melampus the seer cures the madness of the Argive women and
receives one third of Proetus kingdom and his brother Bias another third.
First temple built to Dionysus.
1292 or 1208 Perseus
kills Dionysus. Electryon becomes king of Mycenae
February 10 1286 Herakles is conceived when Zeus extends one night
into three. Total solar eclipse over Aegean
November 4 1286 Herakles is born and named Palamon
1286-1264 Sthenelus takes the throne of Mycenae after Amphytrion
accidentally kills Electryon son of Perseus
1285 Herakles strangles two serpents sent by Hera
1285 Asclepius is born to Arsinoe, the daughter of Leucippus
1282 Aeacus helps Poseidon build the walls of Troy for Laodamaon now
king of Troy
1282 Aegeus regains Athens from the sons of Metion
1281 Bias killed by his nephew Pylas
1274 Pelias imprisons Aeson and takes the throne after the birth of
1271 Atreus and Thyestes march against Laius the king of Thebes
1271 Oedepus kills Laius the king of Thebes and marries his own mother
1270 Aegeus accidentally kills Minos son Androgeus at Games held in
honour of Laius king of Thebes and is forced to pay a tribute of 7 Athenian
boys and girls every 9 years
1270 All of Greece plagued by earthquakes and famine due to Pelops
murder of Stymphalus or the Athenians murder of Androgeus and Aeacus is sent
to pray for deliverance.
1270 Theseus is born
1268 Herakles lies with Thespius 50 daughters and kills the Lion of
1264 Herakles marries Megara after defeating the Minyans while Creon
is king of Thebes in place of Laius
1258-1246 The Labours of Herakles take place while Eurestheus is king
of Mycenae. Walls of Mycenae extended and Lion Gate
built c.1250 BC. Indications of serious destruction of houses outside walls
1258 Herakles brings Eurestheus the skin of the Nemean lion
1258 Herakles kills the Lernaean Hydra
1257 Herakles brings the Cerynitian hind alive to Mycenae
1256 Cheiron is accidentally shot in the foot while entertaining
Herakles, forcing him to give up his immortality
1256 Herakles brings the Erymantian boar alive to Eurestheus
1255 Herakles cleans out the stables of Augeas in a day
1255 Herakles chases away the Stymphalian birds
1254 Herakles brings Eurestheus the Cretan bull
1253 Herakles brings the mares of Diomedes to Mycenae
1253 Herakles brings back Alcestis the wife of Admetus from death
1252 Theseus kills the Minotaur at the centre of the Labyrinth built
by Daedelus. Place called Daidaleion mentioned in
Linear-B inscriptions found at Knossos dating to c.1250 BC
1252 Herakles brings Eurestheus the belt of the Amazon Hippolyte
1251 Herakles fetches the cattle of Geryon from Erythea
1251 Minos dies in Sicily
1250 Herakles is sent to fetch the golden apples from the Hesperides
1249 The worship of the 9 Muses is established in the time of Thamyris
son of Philemon
1248 Herakles fetches
the golden apples from the Hesperides
1248 Herakles goes to Hades to bring back Cerberus
1247 or 1216 The marriage of Peleus to his second wife Thetis
1246 or 1216 The birth of Achilles
1246 Herakles captures Cerberus, takes him to Mycenae, then returns
him to Hades
1246 The 4 month long voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. Mycenaean artefacts found in southern Italy and Sicily
1246 The Caledonian Boar hunt
1246-1243 Herakles is sold as a slave to Omphale after killing Iphitus
1246 Eumolpus is victorious in the flute contest at Pelias funeral
1245 Orpheus tries to rescue Euridice from Hades
1243 Herakles sacks Troy and puts young Priam on the throne. Troy VII destroyed c.1250 BC
1243-1239 Herakles settles old scores in the Peloponnese
1242 Herakles conquers Elis and establishes Olympic Games. Polyduces
is champion Boxer.
1241 Herakles places Nestor who is still a boy on the throne of Messenia
after killing his brothers and father king Neleus of Pylos for helping the
Elians. Pylos falls c.1250 BC
1240 Herakles defeats the sons of Hippocoon and restores the
throne of Sparta to Tyndareus
1239 Herakles leaves the Peloponnese and marries Deianara the daughter
of Oeneus. Hyllus is born
1236 Media flees from Corinth after murdering Glauce the daughter of
1236 Herakles is exiled to Trachis after killing one of Oeneus kinsmen
1235 Herakles kills Cycnus the son of Ares
1235 Nessus carries off Deianira and is killed by Herakles with a
1235 A prophecy is revealed from the Oracle of Dodona that Herakles
will die 15 months after carrying off Iole
October 12 1234 Herakles dies and becomes a God
1232 The births Clytemnestra & Helen to Tyndareus and Leda (Last
of Zeus's affairs with mortals)
1230 The birth of Paris. Laius becomes father of Odysseus.
1225-1103 BC The Hellenic
1225 The 7 against Thebes
1224 Theseus captures
Thebes and buries the bodies of the seven which were left unburied by Creon.
1223 Eurestheus defeated by Theseus and beheaded by Hyllus the son of
March 5 1223 Atreus takes the throne of Mycenae. Total solar eclipse over Crete.
1220 Theseus abducts Helen when she is 12 years old and he is
50 and spends 4 years in Tartarus after being forced to flee Athens by Helens
1220 Castor, Polyduces and Idas and Lynceus begin feuding
1216 After several bad harvests Atreus is slain by 7 year old
Aeigisthus and Thyestes takes the throne of Mycenae. Indications
of serious destruction of houses outside walls of Mycenae c.1200 BC
1215 Agamemnon is restored as king Mycenae by Tyndareus.
1215 The Epigoni attack Thebes. Theban palace
destroyed c.1200 BC then reoccupied
1213 Herakles mother Alcmene dies at the age of about 90
1213 The beauty contest. Meneleus marries Helen.
1205 The Heraklids attack the Peloponnese.
1204 After returning to Athens after being freed from Tartatrus by
Herakles (probably Hyllus) Theseus is forced to leave.
1204 Theseus is killed.
1201 Hyllus the son of Herakles is slain at the Isthmus of
Corinth while fighting in single combat against Echemus Cyclopean defensive Wall built at Isthmus of Corinth
1201 Helen is abducted by Paris. Indications
of Invasion of Mycenae by people from Central Asia c.1200-1190 BC. Serious
destruction at Mycenae c.1200 BC.
1199 First Gathering at Aeolis
1191 Second Gathering at Aeolis. The attempted sacrifice of
Iphigenia. Inscriptions bearing the name Iphimedeia
found at Knossos
1191 The siege of Troy begins. (Jerome) Troy VIIA destroyed c.1200 BC
Jan 12 1183 Total solar eclipse over
May 1182 The capture of Troy (Diodorus, Parian Marble,
Eusebius/Hellancicus; 12 Thargelion/11 May 1182)
1181-1171 The Odyssey. A massive tidal wave
swamps the Aegean and reaches Cyprus in c.1200 BC
1181 Agapenor becomes king of Paphos in Cyprus
1181 The return and murder of Agamemnon (Jerome/Eusebius, Graves;
13 Gamelion/2 February 1181)
April 16 1178 The suitors vie for Penelope Total solar eclipse over Aegean
1177 Odysseus held captive by Calypso
1176 Teucer founds Salamis in Cyprus (Parian Marble)
1174 The vengeance of Orestes against Cytemnestra and Aegistheus
1174-1172 Orestes is pursued by the Erinnyes
1174 Meneleus flees Egypt (Apollodorus E6.29) Ramses III expels Sea-Peoples from Egypt in 1175 BC
1172 Orestes kills Aletes son of Aegistheus grandson of Thyestes after
he usurps the throne when Orestes ends his search for Iphigenia
1171 Odysseus returns to Ithaca. Hermes fathers Pan by Penelope
1158 Odysseus is accidentally killed by his son Telegonus
1156 Orestes is told by the Delphi Oracle to move from Mycenae to
Arcadia and is killed by a snakebite while building a new settlement.
1156 Tisamenus the son of Orestes rules over the Peloponnese
1151 The Herakilds resume their attacks on Mycenae fifty years on. Indications of serious destruction of houses outside walls
of Mycenae c.1150 BC
1151 Autesion expelled from Thebes and defects to the Heraklids.
1151 The Pelasgians and Thracians capture Thebes
1148 Demophon dies in Cyprus when he is thrown off his horse
1130 The Cadmians return to Thebes and expel the Pelasgians who then
flee to Athens.
1127 Xanthus the last king of Thebes is killed in a duel with
Andropompus or Melanthus who becomes king of Athens.
May 18 1124 Tisamenus the son of Orestes rules over Mycenae at
the time of the first Aeolian migration. Penthilus the son of Orestes seizes
Lesbos. Total solar eclipse over Aegean
1111 The first Dorian fleet is sunk at Naupactus
1101 The Heraklids defeat Tisamenus the son of Orestes and conquer the
Peloponnese. Indications of Invasion of Mycenae by
people from Central Asia c. 1100 BC. Attack on Asia Minor by Tiglath-Pileser
I king of Assyria in 1110 BC who names the God Herakles in his inscription
1101 BC The last of the five
ages of mankind the Iron age
The Spartan Archaic Age
1101 In a rigged lottery Eurysthenes and Procles
the sons of Aristodemus win Sparta and Cresphontes gets to rule Messenia and
Temenus wins the rule of Argos.
1101 The Ionians flee the Spartan onslaught and seek refugee in
1090 Codrus succeeds Melanthus as king of Athens.
The Palasgians are expelled from Athens and flee to Lemnos where they expel
the Minyae. These Minyae help Theras colonise the island of Thera named after
1069 Medon succeeds Codrus and reduces the archonship to a maximum
duration of 10 years. The Athenians found colonies with the Ionians in Caria
and other parts of Asia led by Neileus the son of Codrus and Philistus the
son of Pasicles
1062 Cresphontes is murdered and the sons of
Aristodemus help his youngest son Aeyptus win back the throne
1059 Patreus the son of Preugenes founds city of
Patrae in Achaea.
1050 Gras the son of Echelas son of Penthilus occupies Aeolis.
1027 Echestratus removes all the Cynurians of
military age, alleging as a reason that freebooters from the Cynurian
territory were harrying Argolis.
993 Labotas becomes king of Sparta
977 Sparta makes war against the Argives for annexing the Cynurian
territory, which the Spartans had captured, and causing revolts among their
subjects the Perioeci.
956-882 Peace in Sparta.
916 Hesiod is famous
880 Homer writes his poems.
881 Charillus is made a ward of Lycurgus.
870 Eumelus writes the history of Corinth
865 Charillus devastates the land of the Argives and helps Archelaus to
destroy Aegys then campaigns against Tegea in vain.
860 Lycurgus collects together the works of Homer.
860 Phidon I becomes tyrant of Argos
823 Teleclese conquers and reduces Amyclae, Pharis, and Geranthrae,
cities of the Perioeciis
783 Teleclese is murdered by the Messenians in the sanctuary of
776 The Olympics is revived at Elis in the 10th year
762 The provocation for the first Messenian war
occurs when Euaephnus murders the son of Polychares in a dispute over stolen
cattle and Polychares takes revenge on the Spartans
756 Androcles is murdered and Antiochus rules Messenia alone but soon
dies and his son Euphaes is king.
756 The Spartans attack Ampheia. The first Messenian
752 Polydorus becomes king of Sparta.
736 The first Messenian war ends
735 Perdikkas flees from Argos to Macedonia and
conquers the land
734 Polydorus sends colonists to Italy
723-713 Hippomenes archon of Athens kills his daughters adulterer by
yoking him up to his chariot and then locks his daughter up with a horse
until she dies
719 Polydorus the king of Sparta is murdered by
716 The reign of the Heraklids over Lydia is ended
when Candaules known as Myrsilus to the Greeks is murdered by Gyges because
of his wife’s anger
700 The Athenian navy is defeated by the Aegentans who then begin
trading with Arcadia
685 The second Messenian war begins
683 Creon is first yearly Archon of Athens
665 The second Messenian war ends
656 Cypsilus subjects Corinth to tyranny
645-560 Spartan wars with Tegea all unsuccessful
632 Battus establishes a Greek colony in Lybia
632 Cylon attempts to subject Athens to tyranny
626 The tyranny in Corinth is continued by
618 Arion is rescued from being drowned by pirates by a Dolphin
615 Phidon becomes tyrant of Argos
593 Solon reforms the Athenian constitution and departs
28 May 585 A total Solar Eclipse predicted by
Thales the Milesisan brings an end to the war between the Lydian’s and Medes
570 Solon visits the court of Ahmose II
560 The Oracle of Apollo at Delphi advises
Anaxandridus and Ariston to find the bones of Orestes and rebury them to
obtain success in their battles. The Spartans win the war with Tegea
Athenian Classical Age
560 Peisistratus seizes power in Athens and begins
a 49 year long tyranny under his and his sons rule
546 Cyrus takes Lydia and harshly treats the Ionian
and Achaean colonies who fought alongside Croesus
540 Pythagoras teaches mathematics and philosophy
507 Clisthenes leads the people Athens
490 The Persians are defeated at the Battle of
480 The Battle of Salamis is won by the Greeks and
the Athenian Golden Age begins
447 The Parthenon is built
440 Herodotus writes his histories
431 The Peloponnesian War begins
411 Evagoras captures Tyre
404 The Peloponnesian War ends in defeat for Athens
399 Socrates is sentenced to death
371 The Thebans defeat Sparta and restore the
Messenians to their homeland
362 Phillip II becomes king of Macedonia
338 Phillip II conquers Greece
The Hellenistic Age
336 Phillip II is assassinated and
Alexander III succeeds to the throne and begins his conquest of Persia
332 Alexander conquers Egypt
330 Alexander conquers Persia
323 Alexander dies of malaria in Babylon
321 Seleucus Nikator rules over Syria
305 Ptolemy Soter becomes Pharaoh of Egypt
and subdues Palestine
301 Cassander allows the Thebans to return to
285 The Library of Alexandria is founded by Ptolemy II Philadelphos
279 The Gauls invade northern Greece
278 The Gauls invade Asia-Minor
262 The Septuagint is placed in the Library of
Alexandria after Ptolemy II Philadelphos frees the
Jews from slavery
236-225 The Spartans under Cleomenes win a decisive
victory at Dyme over the Sicyonians under Aratus, who attacked him, and
afterwards conclude a peace with the Achaeans and Antigonus king of Macedonia.
223 Antiochus Megas becomes king of Syria
222 Cleomenes breaks his oath and is defeated by
the Achaeans under Antigonus.
222 Antigonus hands the rule of Macedonia to
Philip, the son of Demetrius who attempts to subdue Greece. The Athenians
unite with the barbarians and seek help from Rome.
218 Hannnibal annihilates the Greek
colony of Saguntum in Iberia violating a treaty with Rome which results in
the Romans declaring war, which lasts 16 years.
198 Antiochus Megas annexes Palestine to the
Seleucid Empire and expels all the Egyptians and gives his daughter Cleopatra
to Ptolemy and as dowry splits the revenues of Palestine with him.
197 Philip fighting against the Romans under
Flamininus is worsted at the place called Dog's Heads.
192 The Spartan monarchy collapses and Sparta falls under Roman influence.
176 Antiochus Epiphanes becomes king of Syria.
170 Antiochus attacks Egypt and then secures Palestine.
168 Perseus the last king of Macedonia is defeated
by the Romans.
168 Mattathias rebels against Antiochus who
suppresses the rebellion after a year and builds a fortress in Jerusalem. Mattathias
is killed and his Judas takes over his position as rebellion leader.
166 Antiochus embarks on a campaign to suppress an
new rebellion in Judea. Lysias falls on Judea with 60,000 soldiers.
165 Judas Maccabee gains a limited victory in
164 Antiochus Epiphanes takes Egypt then dies while
raiding the temple of Artemis in Persia. Antiochus Eupator succeeds him as
king of Syria.
163 No crops are laid in Jerusalem and Judas
attacks the citadel fortress. Certain Jews protest. Antiochus Eupator marches
against Judas and lays siege to the temple.
163-162 Antiochus calls off the siege to engage
Philip as he comes out of Persia. He makes peace with Judas but breaks his
word. Meneleus is put to death after 10 years in office and Alcimus is made
162 After reigning two years Antiochus is put to
death by Demetrus son of Seleucs who comes out of Rome and takes Tripoli.
Ader Nicanor is crushed
161 Bacchidies sent to fight Maccabee
158 Alcimus is high priest 4 years then dies of a
stroke after attempting to pull down a sanctuary wall and Judas is made high
priest by the people.
156 Judas dies after 3 years as high priest.
152 Alexander the son of Antiochus reigns opposing
Demitrius. Jonathan Apphus the brother of Judas plays them both off against
each other. Alexander takes Ptolomais. Jonathan is made king of Judea by
151 Alexander is given Cleopatra to be his wife.
148 Demetrius dies after a reign of 11 years and
Demitrius the son of Demitrius comes from Crete to take his place.
146 Demitrius is now given Cleopatra to be his wife
and becomes king. Ptolemy Philometor dies.
146 Macedonia and Achaia are both made provinces of
144 Simon Thassi becomes high priest and takes
three years to level the citadel fortress.
143 Demitrius exempts Judea from
142 Simon captures the Gazara citadel. Trypho kills
young Antiochus Dionysus son of Alexander who reigns 4 years. Trypho flees.
141 Demitrius marches into Media to make war on
Trypho and is captured by Asaces king of the Medes and Persians. Simon makes
an alliance with Rome
138 After 3 years Trypho is captured and put to
death by Antiochus Euergetes son of Demetrius. Antiochus reigns uneasy at
misery brought by Simon
136 Simon is murdered by Ptolemy son of Ababus
after reigning 8 years.
135 Antiochus Euergetes (or Sidetes) invades Judea
in the first year off of Hyrcanus and takes back Joppa, and the havens, and
Gazara, and the springs of Jordan, and the several other cities. Hyrcanus
renews the alliance with Rome.
129 Demetrius returns to power
125 Alexander Zebina supported by Ptolemy Physcon
(Euergetes) defeats Demetrius in battle. Demetrius flees to Ptolemais then
Tyre where he is caught and slain.
123 Alexander Zebina makes a league with Hyrcanus but is defeated in
battle by Antiochus Grypos.
121 Antiochus Sidetes dies.
121 Antiochus Grypos brother Antiochus Cyzicenus
raises an army and the two continue at war for many years.
116 Hyrcanus takes the temple in Samaria 200 years
after it was built and utterly demolishes it.
107 Ptolemy Lathyrus (Soter) takes
Cyprus after being ousted from the government of Egypt by Cleopatra his
106 Aristobalus reigns in Judea 481
years and 3 months after the Babylonian captivity and makes Judea into a
kingdom but dies shortly after.
105 Alexander Janneus rules over Judea.
96 Alexander Janneus besieges Ptolemais and Gaza
but lifts the siege fearing intervention by Ptolemy Lathyrus.
96 Alexander tries to dupe Ptolemy with a false
alliance but is found out and Ptolemy sets out to lay waste to Judea.
96 Alexander Janneus raises an army of 50 or 80
thousand men to meet Ptolemy but is utterly defeated near Saphoth on the
95 Cleopatra sends troops into Judea and Syria and
her son Alexander with a fleet to Phoenicia to go after Ptolemy, but Ptolemy
sets off for Egypt and is eventually driven back.
90 Alexander Janneus own people fall out with him
and send for Demetrius III Eucerus who defeats him.
88 Mithridates Eupator Dionysus of Pontus rebels
against the Romans
87 Demetrius departs out of Judea and besieges his
brother Philip at Berea but is captured and sent to Mithridates Sinax in
Parthia where he dies.
87 Antiochus Eucerus makes and expedition against
Judea and falls to the Arabian king Aretas. Arems is then placed over Celesyria.
87 Mithridates Eupator sends Archeleus to Greece to gain allies and
restores Delos and other provinces which had revolted to Athens. Aristion of
Athens sides with Archeleus and becomes master of the land. The Achaeans,
Spartans and all of Boeotia except Thespiae side with Mithridates against the
84 Arems attacks Judea and defeats Alexander Janneus but retreats
after coming to an agreement.
83 Tigranes, the king of Armenia, takes Syria with
five hundred thousand soldiers.
81 Alexander Janneus takes over two
dozen cites after warring for three years and dies three years later.
69 Antiochus Asiaticus restores the Seleucids to
65 Sextus Caesar and Pompey conquer Syria.
64 The Seleucid empire falls to Rome.
51 Cleopatra rules over Egypt with Ptolemy XIII.
47 Ptolemy XIII is murdered by Cleopatra and Julius
44 Julius Caesar is murdered.
30 Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius commit suicide
after they are defeated by Octavian.
The Modern Age
4 July 2004 AD Greece become European Champions for
the first time ever after beating Portugal 1-0 with a 57th minute
goal by Angelos Haristeas in the Da Luz Stadium, Lisbon.
5 July 2004 The Greek football team are worshiped
as Gods on their return home and they and their manager Otto Rehhagel are
honoured in the 1896 Panathenaic Olympic Stadium in front of a crowd of
The Origin of the Greek Gods