Room with a view - a quiet place to stop for a picnic
© AA Photo Library
776-700 BC City-states established; first Olympic Games.
499-400 BC Persian Wars; Golden Age of classical Greek culture; Peloponnesian Wars against Sparta.
336-323 BC Alexander the Great conquers the known world.
146 BC Greece becomes a Roman province.
AD 394 Christianity established throughout the Roman Empire; the Olympic Games finish and the Delphic Oracle is closed.
476-1453 Greece ruled from Constantinople; fall of Constantinople in 1453; Greece ruled by Turks for next 400 years.
1821-29 Greek War of Independence; Greece becomes an independent modern state.
1917-18 Greece sides with Allies in World War I.
1940-44 Axis occupation during World War II.
1945-60 Many Greeks emigrate to the United States and Australia; others flood into Athens from the countryside.
1974 Conflict with Turkey over Cyprus; situation remains tense into the 21st century.
1975 Tourist boom begins with foreigners visiting classical sites, islands and coastal resorts.
1981 Greece joins European Community; community funding catapults much of the country into mainstream Europe.
1996 Macedonian claims by former Yugoslavs seen as implicit threat to northern Greek region of Macedonia.
2001 Greece adopts the euro as its new national currency (euro bills and coins appeared in 2002).
2004 Athens hosts the 2004 Olympic Games.