Piracy Timeline

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  • c. 1353 BCE - c. 476 CE
    Piracy flourishes in the Mediterranean.
  • c. 1276 BCE - 1178 BCE
    The piratical Sea Peoples ravage the Mediterranean.
  • c. 475 BCE
    Athenian general Cimon drives the Dolopian pirates out of the Aegean island of Scyros.
  • 231 BCE - 227 BCE
    The Illyrian Pirates threaten legitimate trade during the reign of Queen Teuta.
  • 71 BCE
    Rome wages war on the Cretan pirates.
  • 69 BCE - 67 BCE
    Rome wages a second war against the Cretan pirates.
  • 67 BCE
    The Gabinian Law is passed, giving Pompey great power to deal with pirates.
  • 67 BCE
    Pompey the Great defeats the Cilician Pirates at the Battle of Coracesium.
  • c. 67 CE
    The Roman port of Ostia provides a base for operations against the Cilician pirates.
  • c. 476 CE - 1500 CE
    Piracy continues to flourish in the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.