Visual Timeline: Media

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2143 BCE - 2124 BCE: Gudea, ruler of Lagash mentions "Mada" as a land where grain is grown.
 
 
836 BCE: First Assyrian records of the Medes: Shalmaneser III receives tribute from the "Amadi".
 
728 BCE - 675 BCE: Deioces is ruler of the Medes.
 
675 BCE - 653 BCE: Phraortes is ruler of the Medes.
 
653 BCE - 625 BCE: Madius the Scythian is ruler of the Medes.
 
625 BCE - 585 BCE: Cyaxares is ruler of the Medes.
 
585 BCE - 549 BCE: Astyages is ruler of the Medes.
 
 
560 BCE: The oracles of Delphi and Thebes both tell King Croesus of Lydia that if he attacks the Medes, he will destroy a great empire. Seeing this as a good omen, he goes to war, loses, and the Lydian Empire is destroyed.
 
553 BCE: Cyrus the Great successfully rebels against the Medes and establishes the Achaemenid Empire of Persia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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