Greek Astronomy Timeline

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  • c. 7000 BCE - c. 600 BCE
    Astronomy developed by Indus Valley Civilization, Mesopotamians, and Egyptians.
  • c. 585 BCE
    Time in which Thales of Miletus lived.
  • 28 May 585 BCE
    A battle between Media and Lydia broke off immediately as a result a total eclipse of the sun and the two armies made peace. The eclipse was successfully predicted by Thales of Miletus.
  • c. 571 BCE - c. 497 BCE
    Life of Pythagoras of Samos; claim that "number" is the First Cause of existence and the soul is immortal.
  • 384 BCE - 322 BCE
    Life of Aristotle.
  • c. 310 BCE - c. 230 BCE
    Life of Greek astronomer and mathematician Aristarchus of Samos.
  • 276 BCE - 195 BCE
    Life of Eratosthenes, ancient Greek Alexandrian scholar, native of Cyrene and one of the greatest geographers in antiquity.
  • c. 190 BCE - c. 120 BCE
    Life of Hipparchus of Nicea, the ancient Greek mathematician, astronomer and geographer considered the greatest astronomer of antiquity and among the most impressive in world history
  • 100 CE
    The mathematician and astronomer Menelaus of Alexandria lived.
  • 100 CE - 170 CE
    Astronomer Ptolemy lived, author of the Almagest.
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