Visual Timeline: Sardis

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687 BCE - 546 BCE: Mermnad dynasty rules Lydia.
 
 
687 BCE - 652 BCE: King Gyges rules Lydia and expands its borders. Sardis becomes Lydian capital.
 
 
609 BCE - 560 BCE: Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.
 
560 BCE - 547 BCE: Reign of Croesus of Lydia.
 
 
547 BCE - 546 BCE: Cyrus II of Persia conquers Lydia.
 
499 BCE - 494 BCE: Ionian cities rebel against Persian rule.
 
 
498 BCE: Ionians and Greek allies invade and burn Sardis (capital of Lydia).
 
334 BCE: Alexander invades the Persian empire.
 
 
334 BCE: Sardis surrenders to Alexander the Great.
 
133 BCE: Sardis comes under Roman rule.
 
 
17 BCE: An earthquake affects Sardis.
 
 
616 CE: Sardis' civc life comes to an end. A Persian army penetrates the Roman defensive lines that had been deployed in eastern Anatolia. Soon after, part of that region falls to the Persians, including Sardis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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