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800 BCE - 500 BCE: Greek colonization of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
 
800 BCE - 700 BCE: Homer of Greece writes his Iliad and Odyssey.
 
800 BCE - 500 BCE: Archaic period of Greece.
 
 
734 BCE: Traditional date when Corinth founds a colony on Corcyra.
 
 
734 BCE: Corinth founds the colony of Syracuse in Sicily.
 
683 BCE - 682 BCE: List of annual archons at Athens begins.
 
650 BCE: Sparta crushes Messenian revolt.
 
 
650 BCE - 600 BCE: Age of law-givers in Greece.
 
650 BCE: Earliest large scale Greek marble sculpture.
 
 
594 BCE - 593 BCE: In Athens the archon Solon lays the foundations for democracy.
 
 
580 BCE: The Kouroi of Argos are sculpted and dedicated at Delphi.
 
546 BCE - 545 BCE: Persian conquest of Ionian Greek city-states.
 
 
539 BCE: Etruscan & Carthaginian alliance expels the Greeks from Corsica.
 
514 BCE: Fall of the Peisistratid tyranny in Athens.
 
507 BCE: Cleisthenes establishes new form of government, Democracy, in Athens.
 
499 BCE - 494 BCE: Ionian cities rebel against Persian rule.
 
 
498 BCE: Ionians and Greek allies invade and burn Sardis (capital of Lydia).
 
495 BCE: Birth of Pericles.
 
492 BCE: Darius I of Persia invades Greece.
 
490 BCE: A combined force of Greek hoplites defeat the Persians at Marathon.
 
487 BCE - 486 BCE: Archons begin to be appointed by lot in Athens.
 
482 BCE: Themistocles persuades the Athenians to build a fleet, which saves them at Salamis and becomes their source of power.
 
480 BCE: Battle of Salamis where the Greek naval fleet defeats the invading armada of Xerxes I of Persia.
 
480 BCE: Battle of Thermopylae. 300 Spartans under King Leonidas and other Greek allies hold back the Persians led by Xerxes I for three days but are defeated.
 
480 BCE: Thebes sides with Persia during Xerxes invasion of Greece.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • 800 BCE - 500 BCE
    Greek colonization of the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
  • c. 800 BCE - c. 700 BCE
    Homer of Greece writes his Iliad and Odyssey.
  • c. 800 BCE - 500 BCE
  • c. 734 BCE
    Traditional date when Corinth founds a colony on Corcyra.
  • c. 734 BCE
    Corinth founds the colony of Syracuse in Sicily.
  • 683 BCE - 682 BCE
    List of annual archons at Athens begins.
  • c. 650 BCE
    Sparta crushes Messenian revolt.
  • 650 BCE - 600 BCE
    Age of law-givers in Greece.
  • 650 BCE
    Earliest large scale Greek marble sculpture.
  • 594 BCE - 593 BCE
    In Athens the archon Solon lays the foundations for democracy.
  • c. 580 BCE
    The Kouroi of Argos are sculpted and dedicated at Delphi.
  • 546 BCE - 545 BCE
    Persian conquest of Ionian Greek city-states.
  • 539 BCE
    Etruscan & Carthaginian alliance expels the Greeks from Corsica.
  • 514 BCE
    Fall of the Peisistratid tyranny in Athens.
  • 507 BCE
    Cleisthenes establishes new form of government, Democracy, in Athens.
  • 499 BCE - 494 BCE
    Ionian cities rebel against Persian rule.
  • c. 498 BCE
    Ionians and Greek allies invade and burn Sardis (capital of Lydia).
  • c. 495 BCE
    Birth of Pericles.
  • 492 BCE
    Darius I of Persia invades Greece.
  • 11 Sep 490 BCE
    A combined force of Greek hoplites defeat the Persians at Marathon.
  • 487 BCE - 486 BCE
    Archons begin to be appointed by lot in Athens.
  • 482 BCE
    Themistocles persuades the Athenians to build a fleet, which saves them at Salamis and becomes their source of power.
  • Sep 480 BCE
    Battle of Salamis where the Greek naval fleet defeats the invading armada of Xerxes I of Persia.
  • Aug 480 BCE
    Battle of Thermopylae. 300 Spartans under King Leonidas and other Greek allies hold back the Persians led by Xerxes I for three days but are defeated.
  • 480 BCE
    Thebes sides with Persia during Xerxes invasion of Greece.
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