2800 BC The beginning of the AEGEAN CIVILIZATION.
1500 Santorini's civilization is devastated by a volcanic eruption.
1300 The MINOAN CIVILIZATION and the ATHENIAN
1200 TROY is destroyed.
776 Greece holds the first Olympic Games.
447 The Parthenon is built.
323 Alexander The Great dies.
145 The Romans invade Greece.
330 AD CONSTANTINOPLE is the capital of the Roman
1453 The Turks conquer Constantinople, and
rename it Istanbul.
1480 RHODES is the last island to surrender to the
1821 The WAR OF INDEPENDENCE starts.
1827 Independence is won.
1843 Greece has its first Constitution.
1896 Athens holds the first Olympic
Games after almost 1,000 years.
1912 Balkan wars occur against Turkey.
1913 CRETE is united with Greece.
1922 Greece loses territory in Asia Minor;
1,500,000 REFUGEES from Asia Minor
look for shelter in Greece, one of
them ARISTOTLE ONASSIS.
1940 World War II starts. Italian troops are
pushed out of Greece.
1941 GERMANS AND ITALIANS invade Greece.
1945 Greece is free. The Dodecanese islands
are united with Greece.
1950 Greece has almost the same
geographical area as in ancient times.
1967 A DICTATORSHIP is established in Greece.
1974 The dictatorship ends. The king is
expelled from Greece.
1981 Greece joins the European Community (EC).
2002 The Euro replaces the ancient drachma.
2004 After 108 years, Athens hosts the Olympic
Games for second time.