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  • c. 4000 BCE
    Earliest Egyptian Myths Recorded.
  • c. 3500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
  • c. 3500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
  • c. 3000 BCE
    Hathor, known as Mistress of Dendera, cult center flourishes in the city of Dendera.
  • c. 2500 BCE
    Osiris as Dying and Reviving God and God of the Dead appears in Pyramid Texts.
  • 2100 BCE
    First ziggurats in Ur, Eridu, Uruk, and Nippur.
  • c. 1500 BCE - 500 CE
    The Vedic Period in India.
  • c. 1500 BCE - 1100 BCE
    The Rig Veda written, mentioning the god Rudra (Shiva) for the first time.
  • c. 1120 BCE
    The Sumerian Enuma Elish (creation story) is written.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Development of the Charvaka school of philosophy in India.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Greek poet Hesiod writes his Theogony and Works and Days.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Indian scholars codify and reinterpret Aryan beliefs to create the Upanishads texts forming the basis of Hinduism.
  • 599 BCE - 527 BCE
    Traditional dating of the life of Vardhamana, according to Jain tradition.
  • 566 BCE - 486 BCE
    The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to the Corrected long chronology.
  • 563 BCE
    Siddhartha Gautama is born in Lumbini (present day Nepal).
  • c. 490 BCE - c. 410 BCE
    The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to modern scholar consensus.
  • c. 6 BCE - c. 30 CE
    Life of Jesus Christ.
  • 1 CE - 100 CE
    Mithraism spreads in the Roman empire.
  • c. 1 CE - c. 100 CE
    The Mahayana movement begins in India with its belief in bodhisattva - saintly souls who helped the living.
  • 42 CE - 62 CE
    St. Paul goes on missionary journeys across Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome.
  • 64 CE
    Unofficial persecution of Christians in Rome.
  • c. 65 CE - c. 100 CE
    The tales of the life and work of Jesus (gospels) composed.
  • 132 CE
    Septuagint (Greek translation of the Bible) composed at Alexandria.
  • 224 CE - 240 CE
    Reign of Ardashir I, who reformed the Persia by centralizing power, making Zoroastrianism state religion, and rivalling Rome.
  • 224 CE
    Zoroastrianism becomes Persian state religion under the Sasanian dynasty.
  • 300 CE
    Armenia is the first state to adopt Christianity as state religion.
  • 313 CE
    Roman emperor Constantine I tolerates Christianity.
  • 391 CE
    Christianity becomes official religion of Empire.
  • c. 500 CE - c. 600 CE
    In India the Tantric expands the number of deities to include helpful demons, contactable through ritual.
  • 503 CE
    Clovis converts to Christianity.
  • 570 CE
    Prophet Muhammad is born.
  • 708 CE - 714 CE
    The Kojiki written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
  • 720 CE
    The Nihonshoki written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
  • c. 807 CE
    Imibe-no-Hironari writes the Kogoshui, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
  • 1122 CE
    Construction begins of the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat.

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4000 BCE: Earliest Egyptian Myths Recorded.
 
3500 BCE: First written evidence of religion in the world recorded on Sumerian tablets.
 
 
3500 BCE: First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
 
3000 BCE: Hathor, known as Mistress of Dendera, cult center flourishes in the city of Dendera.
 
 
2500 BCE: Osiris as Dying and Reviving God and God of the Dead appears in Pyramid Texts.
 
 
2100 BCE: First ziggurats in Ur, Eridu, Uruk, and Nippur.
 
 
1500 BCE - 500 CE: The Vedic Period in India.
 
 
1500 BCE - 1100 BCE: The Rig Veda written, mentioning the god Rudra (Shiva) for the first time.
 
 
1120 BCE: The Sumerian Enuma Elish (creation story) is written.
 
700 BCE: Development of the Charvaka school of philosophy in India.
 
 
700 BCE: Greek poet Hesiod writes his Theogony and Works and Days.
 
 
700 BCE: Indian scholars codify and reinterpret Aryan beliefs to create the Upanishads texts forming the basis of Hinduism.
 
 
599 BCE - 527 BCE: Traditional dating of the life of Vardhamana, according to Jain tradition.
 
566 BCE - 486 BCE: The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to the Corrected long chronology.
 
 
563 BCE: Siddhartha Gautama is born in Lumbini (present day Nepal).
 
490 BCE - 410 BCE: The life of Siddhartha Gautama according to modern scholar consensus.
 
6 BCE - 30 CE: Life of Jesus Christ.
 
1 CE - 100 CE: Mithraism spreads in the Roman empire.
 
 
1 CE - 100 CE: The Mahayana movement begins in India with its belief in bodhisattva - saintly souls who helped the living.
 
42 CE - 62 CE: St. Paul goes on missionary journeys across Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome.
 
64 CE: Unofficial persecution of Christians in Rome.
 
 
65 CE - 100 CE: The tales of the life and work of Jesus (gospels) composed.
 
 
132 CE: Septuagint (Greek translation of the Bible) composed at Alexandria.
 
224 CE - 240 CE: Reign of Ardashir I, who reformed the Persia by centralizing power, making Zoroastrianism state religion, and rivalling Rome.
 
224 CE: Zoroastrianism becomes Persian state religion under the Sasanian dynasty.
 
300 CE: Armenia is the first state to adopt Christianity as state religion.
 
313 CE: Roman emperor Constantine I tolerates Christianity.
 
391 CE: Christianity becomes official religion of Empire.
 
 
500 CE - 600 CE: In India the Tantric expands the number of deities to include helpful demons, contactable through ritual.
 
503 CE: Clovis converts to Christianity.
 
570 CE: Prophet Muhammad is born.
 
 
708 CE - 714 CE: The Kojiki written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
 
 
720 CE: The Nihonshoki written, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
 
 
807 CE: Imibe-no-Hironari writes the Kogoshui, a collection of oral myths forming the basis of the Shinto religion.
 
 
1122 CE: Construction begins of the Hindu temple at Angkor Wat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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