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  • c. 5000 BCE
    The Cyclades are first inhabited by settlers from Asia Mnior.
  • c. 4500 BCE
    First settlement on Thera.
  • 3000 BCE - 2200 BCE
    The first archaeological evidence of organised communities in the Cyclades.
  • 3000 BCE - 2000 BCE
    Distinctive minimalistic standing marble figurines are produced in the Cyclades.
  • 3000 BCE - 2000 BCE
    First human presence recorded on Kos.
  • 2300 BCE
    Bronze is used in the Aegean.
  • 2200 BCE - 1700 BCE
    Evidence of town planning and more sophisticated architecture in the Cylades.
  • 2000 BCE - 1450 BCE
    Minoan civilization in Crete and the Aegean.
  • c. 2000 BCE
    Akrotiri becomes an important Aegean trading centre.
  • 2000 BCE - 1650 BCE
    Akrotiri on Thera reaches its peak of prosperity and becomes a flourishing Mediterranean trading centre.
  • 1900 BCE - 1100 BCE
    Mycenaean civilization in Greece and the Aegean.
  • 1700 BCE
  • 1700 BCE
    Second Palace of Knossos on Crete.
  • 1700 BCE - 1400 BCE
    The culture in the Cyclades is increasingly influenced by Minoan Crete.
  • 1650 BCE - 1550 BCE
    Eruption of Thera and consequent tidal waves, destruction of Akrotiri and other Aegean centres.
  • c. 1600 BCE
    Rhodes has significant contact with Minoan Crete.
  • 1600 BCE - 1200 BCE
    The Mycenaean settlement of Serayia flourishes on Kos.
  • 1400 BCE - 1100 BCE
    Culture in the Cyclades is increasingly influenced by the Mycenaean civilization of mainland Greece.
  • c. 1400 BCE
    Rhodes has significant contact with the Mycenaean civilization.
  • 1100 BCE
    Dorian peoples occupy Greece.
  • c. 1100 BCE
    Evidence of settlement destruction and abandonment across the Cyclades.
  • 700 BCE - 600 BCE
    Temples are built in honour of Apollo, Demeter and Dionysos on the island of Naxos.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Paros begins to export its Parian marble across the Greek world and it is widely used in temples and sculpture.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Settlers from mainland Greece, possibly Samos, settle on Samothrace.
  • c. 499 BCE
    Naxos is attacked by Darius' Persian forces.
  • c. 467 BCE
    The island of Naxos rebels against Athenian dominance of the Delian League.
  • 431 BCE - 404 BCE
    The Cycladic city states side with Athens in the Peloponnesian war against Sparta and her allies.
  • 417 BCE - 415 BCE
    Melos, after supporting Sparta in the Peloponnesian War, is attacked by Athens.
  • 412 BCE
    The Spartan general Astyochus sacks Kos.
  • 377 BCE - 355 BCE
    The Cycladic city states join Athens in the Second Athenian League against Sparta .
  • 363 BCE
    A rebellion against Athenian dominance of the Second Athenian League on Keos is quashed by Athens.
  • 166 BCE
    Rome gives dominion over the Cyclades to Athens.
  • 88 BCE
    Mithridates attacks and detroys the island of Delos.