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When we come across a book with a well recognised ‘chronology’ like the example below we extract it while leaving the original in place. Later in the workflow we load the tables into the excellent “BeeDocuments Timeline” The example below is copied from “A Short History of Greek Literature”

All dates for Greek events earlier than the middle of the seventh century B.C. are legendary or conjectural.


776 Traditional date of the First Olympiad.

680 CALLINUS of Ephesus, elegiac poet.

676 ? TERPANDER of Lesbos, musician and melic poet.

650 ARCHILOCHUS of Paros, iambic, elegiac, and melic poet. ALCMAN of Sparta, choral melic poet.

648 Eclipse of the sun mentioned by Archilochus (see p. 85).

630 MIMNERMUS of Colophon, elegiac poet.

625 SEMONIDES of Amorgos, iambic poet.
ARION of Lesbos, choral melic poet.

600 ALCAEUS of Lesbos, melic poet.
SAPPHO of Lesbos, melic poet.
STESICHORUS of Himera, choral melic poet.

599 SOLON of Athens, elegiac poet, 639-599.

590 THALES of Miletus, philosopher.

570 ANAXIMANDER of Miletus, philosopher.

550 ANAXIMENES of Miletus, philosopher.
CADMUS of Miletus, logographer.
PHERECYDES of Syros, philosopher.

546 CYRUS takes Sardis. Fall of Croesus.

540 PHOCYLIDES of Miletus, elegiac poet.
DEMODOCUS of Leros, elegiac poet.
ANACREON of Teos, melic poet.
HIPPONAX of Ephesus, choliambic satirist.
IBYCUS of Rhegium, melic poet.
XENOPHANES of Colophon, philosopher and elegiac poet.
1 The date given is the JloruU, placed approxiroately at forty years of age, to which are added, when known, the dates of birth and death. Authors whose century is unknown are omitted.

534 First tragic contest at the City Dionysia, in Athens.
THESPIS of Attica, tragic poet.

530 PYTHAGORAS of Samos, philosopher.

520 THEOGNIS of Megara, elegiac poet.
LASUS of Hermione, choral melic poet.
CORINNA of Boeotia, choral melic poet.

516 SIMONIDES of Ceos, choral melic poet, 556-468.

510 Democracy established at Athens.

508 The Attic State assumes control of the tragic choruses.

500 HERACLEITUS of Ephesus, philosopher.
HECATAEUS of Miletus, logographer. CHOERILUS of Athens, tragic poet. PRATINAS of the Peloponnesus, tragic poet.

494 Fall of Miletus. PHRYNICHUS of Athens, tragic poet.

490 Battle of Marathon.
PANYASIS of Halicarnassus, epic poet.

485 AESCHYLUS of Athens, tragic poet, 525-456.

480 EPICHARMUS of Cos, comic poet.
PINDAR of Thebes, choral melic poet.
Battle of Salamis.

479 Battle of Plataea.

475 PARMENIDES of Elea, philosopher and poet.

468 BACCHYLIDES of Ceos, choral melic poet.

460 CHIONIDES of Athens, comic poet.
MAGNES of Athens, comic poet.
ANAXAGORAS of Clazomenae, philosopher.

456 SOPHOCLES of Athens, tragic poet, 496-405.

450 PHRYNIS of Lesbos, musician.
GORGIAS of Leontini, sophist and rhetorician. CRATES of Athens, comic poet. ZENO of Elea, philosopher. EMPEDOCLES of Agrigentum, poet and philosopher.

444 HERODOTUS of Halicarnassus, historian. PROTAGORAS of Abdera, sophist and grammarian. CRATINUS of Athens, comic poet.

440 ANTIPHON of Athens, orator. EURIPIDES of Athens, tragic poet. MELISSUS of Samos. philosopher.

440 SOPHRON of Syracuse, writer of mimes.

435 LEUCIPPUS of Abdera ?, philosopher.

431 Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War.
PERICLES of Athens, statesman and orator.

430 HIPPIAS of Elis, sophist.
HELLANICUS of Lesbos, historian.
PHERECRATES of Athens, comic poet.
THUCYDIDES of Athens, historian.
HIPPOCRATES of Cos, writer on medicine.

429 SOCRATES of Athens, philosopher, 469-399.

425 THRASYMACHUS of Chalcedon, sophist and rhetorician.

420 DEMOCRITUS of Abdera, philosopher.
PRODICUS of Ceos, sophist.

415 The Sicilian Expedition.
AGATHON of Athens, tragic poet.
EUPOLIS of Athens, comic poet.
CRITIAS of Athens, poet and statesman.
ARISTOPHANES of Athens, comic poet.

412 THEODORUS of Byzantium, rhetorician.

411 Revolution of the Four Hundred.

406 Death of Euripides.

405 PLATO of Athens, comic poet.

404 ANTIMACHUS of Colophon, epic poet.

403 End of the Peloponnesian War.

400 TIMOTHEUS of Miletus, citharoede.
ANDOCIDES of Athens, orator. LYSIAS of Athens, rhetorician and speechwright.

399 Death of Socrates.
EUCLEIDES of Megara, philosopher.

395 ISOCRATES of Athens, rhetorician and publicist.

394 XENOPHON of Athens, historian.

387 PLATO of Athens, philosopher, 427-347.

380 ANTISTHENES of Athens, philosopher.
ISAEUS of Chalcis, speechwright.
ARISTIPPUS of Cyrene, philosopher.

368 ANTIPHANES of Asia Minor ?, comic poet.

362 DIOGENES of Sinope, philosopher.

354 ALEXIS of Thurii, comic poet

350 EPHORUS of Cyme, historian.

350 THEOPOMPUS of Chios, historian. LYCURGUS of Athens, orator.

349 AESCHINES of Athens, orator.
HYPEREIDES of Athens, orator.

344 ARISTOTLE of Stageira, philosopher, 384-322.

343 DEMOSTHENES of Athens, orator, 383-322.

338 Battle of Chaeronea.

337 DIPHILUS of Sinope, comic poet.

332 THEOPHRASTUS of Lesbos, philosopher.

331 Foundation of Alexandria.

323 Death of Alexander.

320 PHILEMON of Soli, comic poet.
DEINARCHUS of Corinth, speechwright.

305 TIMAEUS of Tauromenium, historian.

302 EPICURUS of Samos, philosopher.
MENANDER of Athens, comic poet.

300 DEMETRIUS of Phalerum, orator.
ZENO of Citium, philosopher. DOURIS of Samos, historian.

291 CLEANTHES of Assos, philosopher.

290 HEGESIAS of Magnesia, rhetorician.
PHILETAS of Cos, elegiac poet.
ASCLEPIADES of Samos, melic poet and epigrammatist.

280 ? ISYLLUS of Epidaurus, choral melic poet.
LYCOPHRON of Chalcis, epic and tragic poet.

276 LEONIDAS of Tarentum, epigrammatist.

275 THEOCRITUS of Syracuse, bucolic poet.

270 CALLIMACHUS of Cyrene, Alexandrian epic and elegiac poet

260 ARATUS of Soli, writer of didactic epic.
HERODAS of Cos, writer of mimes.

236 ERATOSTHENES of Cyrene. librarian and encyclopaedist.

234 EUPHORION of Chalcis, epic poet.

222 RHIANUS of Crete, epic poet.

180 FNICANDER of Colophon, epic poet.

180 CRATES of Mallus, Homeric critic.
ARISTARCHUS of Samothrace, critic and grammarian.

170 POLYBIUS of Megalopolis, historian.

150 MOSCHUS of Syracuse, bucolic poet
BION of Smyrna, bucolic poet
150 MELEAGER of Gadara, epigrammatist and anthologist.

55 PHILODEMUS of Gadara, Epicurean and epigrammatist.

40 DIODORUS of Sicily, historian.

20 STRABO of Amasia, historian and geographer.

8 DIONYSIUS of Halicarnassus, historian and critic.

A.D. 50 CRINAGORAS of Mitylene, epigrammatist. yy JOSEPH us of Jerusalem, historian.

80 Dio CHRYSOSTOMUS of Prusa, sophist and lecturer.

90 PLUTARCH of Chaeronea, moralist and biographer.

100 EPICTETUS of Phrygia, philosopher.

130 APPIAN of Alexandria, historian.
ARRIAN of Nicomedia, historian.

140 HERODES ATTICUS of Athens, sophist.

150 PAUSANIAS of Lydia ?, topographer.

161 MARCUS AURELIUS, emperor and philosopher.

165 LUCIAN of Samosata, sophist and satirist.

169 ARISTEIDES of Mysia, sophist.

180 OPPIAN of Cilicia, writer of didactic epic.

180 ? ALCIPHRON, epistolographer and sophist.

180 CASSIUS DIO of Nicaea, historian.

210 PHILOSTRATUS of Athens, sophist and biographer.

220 AELIAN of Praeneste, sophist.1

225 ? ATHENAEUS of Naucratis, grammarian and writer on minor antiquities.

225 ? BABRIUS, writer of fables in choliambics.

244 PLOTINUS of Lycopolis, Neo-Platonist philosopher.

250 ? DIOGENES LAERTIUS, biographer.

330 Seat of Empire removed to Byzantium.

350 THEMISTIUS of Paphlagonia, sophist and Aristotelian commentator.

354 LIBANIUS of Antioch, sophist and epistolographer.

355 HIMERIUS of Prusa, sophist.
1 Aelian was an Italian who never so much as visited Greece, though he preferred to write in Greek his anecdotes of the philosophers, of animals, and of the persons, important and insignificant, whom he gathered into his Medley 0f History ( Varia Historid). This has survived, together with the treatise On Animals and a number of Letters of dubious authenticity. It is only by convention that one includes their author’s name among those who have contributed to Greek literature.

371 JULIAN of Constantinople, emperor and sophist.

380 ? QUINTUS of Smyrna, epic poet.

386 EUNAPIUS of Sardis, sophist and biographer.

390 ? HELIODORUS of Phoenicia, writer of romance.

400 ? NONNUS, epic poet.

450 PROCLUS of Lycia, philosopher.

500 ? MUSAEUS, epic poet.

529 Closing of the schools of philosophy by Justinian.

540 AGATHIAS, epigrammatist.

550 PSTOBAEUS JOANNES of Stobi in Macedonia, anthologist and collector of extracts.