Tarsus Timeline

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  • c. 2500 BCE
    Tarsus most likely develops from a trade center of the Hatti.
  • 2334 BCE - 2083 BCE
    Tarsus known as Tarsisi in the time of the Akkadian Empire.
  • 1700 BCE - 1200 BCE
    Tarsus known as Tarsa under the Hittites.
  • c. 1276 BCE - 1178 BCE
    Tarsus sacked by the Sea Peoples.
  • c. 700 BCE - 612 BCE
    Tarsus capital of Cilicia under Assyrians.
  • 547 BCE - 333 BCE
    Tarsus thrives under the Persian Empire.
  • 400 BCE
    Tarsus becomes the seat of a Persian Satrapy.
  • 333 BCE
    Tarsus taken by Alexander the Great.
  • 333 BCE
    Stop over of Alexander the Great at Tarsus.
  • 103 BCE
    Tarsus taken by Rome.
  • 66 BCE
    Populace of Tarsus receives Roman Citizenship.
  • 64 BCE
    Tarsus is capital of Roman Cilicia Campestris.
  • 41 BCE
    Cleopatra and Mark Antony meet at Tarsus.
  • 27 BCE
    Tarsus is capital of Roman province of Syria-Cilicia Phoenice.
  • 27 BCE - c. 476 CE
    Tarsus thrives under the Roman Empire.
  • 5 CE
    Paul the Apostle is born in Tarsus.
  • c. 476 CE - 700 CE
    Tarsus continues to flourish under Byzantine Empire.
  • 700 CE - 965 CE
    Tarsus taken by Muslim armies.
  • 965 CE - 1453 CE
    Tarsus is again under Byzantine control until the empire falls.
  • c. 1453 CE
    Tarsus is taken by the Ottoman Empire.
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