Greek Civilization: Timeline, Facts & Contributions

Instructor: Flint Johnson

Flint has tutored mathematics through precalculus, science, and English and has taught college history. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow

This lesson will explore the dates of major Greek events accompanied by short explanations of their significance to Greek civilization and the development of Western civilization. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

Timeline of the Greek Civilization

  • 2700 B.C.E.: Minoan civilization begins.
  • 1900 B.C.E.: Mycenaean civilization begins.
    • The Age of Heroes begins at some point after the arrival of the Mycenaeans.
  • 1500 B.C.E.: Minoan civilization ends.
  • 1300 to 1100 B.C.E.: At least three different Trojan Wars occur.
  • 1100 B.C.E.: Mycenaean civilization ends and with it so does the Age of Heroes.
  • 776 B.C.E.: The first Olympics, in which every Greek city-state was welcome to send contestants under a flag of truce. War was not allowed during the Olympics.
  • 8th century B.C.E.: Homer writes Iliad and Odyssey.

The author of the Iliad and the Odyssey

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