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A Museum of World History: 750 BCE to 251 BCE (Level 4: no hints)
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750 BCE Homer The author of two of the best-known literary works ever written is born on a Turkish island which is then a part of the Greek empire.
600 BCE Babylon (Iraq) has a population of 125,000, which makes it the most populous city in the world.
570 BCE Sappho dies and leaves behind poems that will help her become the best-known female writer in history.
539 BCE Cyrus the II of Persia orders an attack on Babylon and expands the Achaemenid Empire—then the largest in world history.
525 BCE Pythagoras opens a school in Crotone, Italy.
508 BCE Cleisthenes helps launch democracy in Athens.
479 BCE Kong Fuzi dies and his students begin recording his observations.
472 BCE Aeschylus is 53 when he writes The Persians, the world’s oldest surviving play.
450 BCE Gautama Siddhartha teaches that desire causes suffering.
432 BCE The Parthenon is built at Pericles's direction.
430 BCE Pheidias designs a colossal Zeus for the Temple in Olympia.
430 BCE Herodotus writes Histories.
429 BCE Sophocles is 67 when he writes Oedipus Tyrannus.
423 BCE Aristophanes is 23 when he writes The Clouds.
415 BCE Euripedes is 65 when he writes The Trojan Women.
399 BCE Socrates is 70 when Athens votes to give him the death penalty.
387 BCE Plato is 40 when he opens the Academy.
335 BCE Aristotle is 49 when he opens the Lyceum.
331 BCE Alexander commands the armies that defeat the armies of King Darius III at Gaugamela and take control of Persia.
300 BCE Euclid writes The Elements.
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