Babylon Timeline

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  • 2350 BCE
    First code of laws by Urukagina, king of Lagash.
  • c. 2000 BCE
    Babylon controls Fertile Crescent.
  • 1894 BCE
    Amorite dynasty established in Babylon.
  • 1795 BCE - 1750 BCE
    Reign of Hammurabi, king of Babylon.
  • c. 1792 BCE
    King Hammurabi builds walls of Babylon.
  • 1787 BCE
    Hammurabi of Babylon conquers Uruk and Isin.
  • c. 1772 BCE
    The Code of Hammurabi: One of the earliest codes of law in the world.
  • c. 1761 BCE
    Zimri-Lim, the last ruler of Mari dies for unknown reasons. His former ally, Hammurabi of Babylon, captures the city of Mari.
  • c. 1760 BCE - c. 1757 BCE
    Hammurabi of Babylon destroys the city of Mari. The people of Mari are spared according to Hammurabi.
  • 1755 BCE
    Hammurabi rules the whole of Mesopotamia from Babylon.
  • 1595 BCE
    King Mursilis of the Hittites sacks Babylon. Begin of Babylonian "dark ages."
  • 1595 BCE
    Hittites under Mursilli I sack Babylon, ending Amorite rule.
  • 1595 BCE - 1155 BCE
    Kassite Dynasty rules over Babylonia.
  • 1220 BCE
    Babylon is under Assyrian control.
  • 853 BCE
    Babylonian kings depend on Assyrian military support.
  • c. 750 BCE
    Sophisticated networks of aqueducts are constructed at Babylon.
  • 734 BCE
    Babylon is captured by Chaldeans.
  • 729 BCE
    Babylon is occupied by Assyrians.
  • 612 BCE
    Nineveh is sacked and burned by combined forces of Babylonians and Medes.
  • 605 BCE - 562 BCE
    Nebuchadnezzar II is king of Babylon.
  • 597 BCE
    Babylonian king Nebuchadnezar captures Jerusalem.
  • 597 BCE - 587 BCE
    Jews are deported to Babylonia.
  • 587 BCE - 539 BCE
    Jewish exile in Babylonia.
  • c. 575 BCE
    Nebuchadnezzar II builds the Ishtar Gate and great walls of Babylon.
  • 539 BCE
    Fall of Babylon, conquered by Cyrus of Persia. Return of the Jews.
  • 485 BCE
    Babylon is destroyed by Xerxes, King of Persia.
  • 323 BCE
    Alexander the Great receives Celtic delegations in Babylon.
  • 321 BCE - 315 BCE
    Seleucos rules the satrapy of Babylon.
  • 312 BCE
    Seleucos conquers Babylon and founds the Seleucid dynasty.
  • c. 312 BCE - 63 BCE
    Duration of the Seleucid Empire.