Visual Timeline: Delos

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5000 BCE: The Cyclades are first inhabited by settlers from Asia Mnior.
 
 
3000 BCE - 2200 BCE: The first archaeological evidence of organised communities in the Cyclades.
 
 
3000 BCE - 2000 BCE: Distinctive minimalistic standing marble figurines are produced in the Cyclades.
 
 
2200 BCE - 1700 BCE: Evidence of town planning and more sophisticated architecture in the Cylades.
 
 
1700 BCE - 1400 BCE: The culture in the Cyclades is increasingly influenced by Minoan Crete.
 
 
1400 BCE - 1100 BCE: Culture in the Cyclades is increasingly influenced by the Mycenaean civilization of mainland Greece.
 
 
700 BCE: The temple of Apollo is built on the island of Delos.
 
 
550 BCE: Oldest surviving sculpture of a winged Nike found on Delos.
 
 
550 BCE: The silver drachma of Delos depicts a lyre - symbolic of Apollo - on its reverse side.
 
 
540 BCE: Athens removes and prohibits further burials on Delos to purify the sacred island.
 
 
478 BCE: Many Cycladic states join the Athenian led Delian League as a defence against Persian agression.
 
 
478 BCE - 454 BCE: The treasury of the Delian League is kept on Delos until its removal to Athens.
 
 
431 BCE - 404 BCE: The Cycladic city states side with Athens in the Peloponnesian war against Sparta and her allies.
 
 
377 BCE - 355 BCE: The Cycladic city states join Athens in the Second Athenian League against Sparta .
 
 
314 BCE: Antigonus establishes the League of Islanders which includes Delos.
 
 
300 BCE: The theatre of Delos is built.
 
 
166 BCE: Rome gives dominion over the Cyclades to Athens.
 
 
166 BCE: Rome puts Delos under the jurisdiction of Athens and makes the island a free port.
 
 
88 BCE: Mithridates attacks and detroys the island of Delos.
 
 
69 BCE: Delos is sacked by pirates.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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