Visual Timeline: Greek Government

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683 BCE - 682 BCE: List of annual archons at Athens begins.
 
 
660 BCE: Pheidon is tyrant in Argos.
 
 
657 BCE - 585 BCE: The Kypselidai are tyrants of Corinth.
 
 
624 BCE: Drakon codifies Athenian law.
 
 
594 BCE - 593 BCE: In Athens the archon Solon lays the foundations for democracy.
 
 
585 BCE: An oligarchy of 80 takes power at Corinth.
 
570 BCE - 549 BCE: The tyrant Phalaris rules Agrigento, expanding its territory.
 
 
560 BCE: Pisistratos becomes tyrant in Athens for the first time.
 
 
530 BCE - 522 BCE: Polykrates is tyrant at Samos.
 
514 BCE: Fall of the Peisistratid tyranny in Athens.
 
 
514 BCE: The tyrant of Athens Hipparchos is killed by Harmodios and Aristogeiton - the 'tyrannicides'.
 
 
508 BCE: Reforms by Cleisthenes establishes democracy in Athens.
 
489 BCE - 473 BCE: The tyrant Theron rules Agrigento.
 
487 BCE - 486 BCE: Archons begin to be appointed by lot in Athens.
 
 
462 BCE - 458 BCE: Pericles introduces democratic institutions in Athens.
 
462 BCE - 461 BCE: Radicalisation of democracy in Athens; Cimon exiled, Pericles comes to exercise influence.
 
461 BCE: Pericles leads the democratic party and ostracizes Cimon.
 
460 BCE - 320 CE: Period of full and direct citizen democracy in Athens.
 
 
447 BCE - 386 BCE: The Boeotian federation has a minimum property requirement for participation in the democratic assembly.
 
 
411 BCE: The oligarchy of the 400 take over the democracy in Athens and in a matter of months is replaced by an oligarchy of 5000.
 
 
405 BCE: Dionysius becomes tyrant in Syracuse, Sicily.
 
 
404 BCE: End of the Peloponnesian war, Athens defeated By Sparta at Aigospotamoi, Rule of the Thirty Tyrants in Athens.
 
403 BCE: Restoration of the democracy in Athens, death of the tyrant Critias.
 
 
367 BCE: Dionysius II becomes tyrant of Syracuse, Sicily.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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