In this flourishing time and the next, Persia served as the link between Rome and China and was seen as of pivotal strategic importance by the Romans to safeguard their. 550 BC, swiftly became the dominant power of Southwest Asia and Egypt. They were also used to harass enemy flanks, and sometimes outflank enemies, and most armies trembled at the sight of a chariot force. After some years of peace, Sargon waged wars against his rival Elam, and then launched a separate attack on Syria and Lebanon. The Arab-Israeli question has made it much harder for Muslim leaders to adopt pro-Western policies, and has given anti-Western terrorist organizations widespread support. The Romans were shocked when they heard the Persians had invaded. More accurately the kings can be described as phylarchs, native rulers of subject frontier states. As opposed to less organized tribes on Rome’s European borders, the Parthians were a sophisticated culture of commerce and empire. But in 117, just a year later, Trajan's successor Hadrian gave up most of the land that Trajan had conquered. Osman I, a leader of the Turkish tribes in Anatolia, founded the Ottoman Empire around 1299. They have founded numerous Greek-style cities, which can now be found scattered across the Middle Eastern world as far as India, and from which the ruling classes of these kingdoms are drawn. He blamed the Romans for aiding the Armenians, who were a close ally to Rome, and in 230 invaded Mesopotamia and besieged Nisibis, however unsuccessfully, while his cavalry threatened Cappadocia and Syria. Though, as was his custom, Cyrus dealt kindly with Croesus, the once very wealthy Lydian empire became a Persian satrapy called Saparda (Sardis). Also known as the Dark Ages, it was originally thought that this period of instability had no contributions to the world. The Romans believed that their city was founded in 753 BC. The Shah saw the Romans as Persia’s main enemy, and in the following wars that ensued, the Sassanids almost upheld the promises of Ardashir. 632 CE 632-634 CE 630 CE 633-634 CE 628 CE 634-643 CE 637 CE 624-627 CE Abu Bakr succedes Muhammad and becomes the first caliph of Islamic community after his death. His drive toward secularism (which he s… These different strands mingle and synthesise to form a massive new body of knowledge, almost certainly the most advanced in the world at that time. However, without the Middle Ages we would have no Gothic design, no stained glass windows in churches, no illuminated manuscripts, and no sense of chivalry. He would soon take control of the Persian empire and cover all the territories of the ancient world, as far as India. It … The Ghassanid king al-Harith ibn Jabalah (reigned 529–569) supported the Byzantines against Sassanid Persia and was given the title patricius in 529 by the emperor Justinian I. Al-Harith was a Monophysite Christian; he helped to revive the Syrian Monophysite (Jacobite) Church and supported Monophysite development despite Orthodox Byzantium regarding it as heretical. The overbearing rule of these caliphs has spawned a number Islamic break-way movements, seeking to install a purer form of rule. Other wars were fought against Jamšad (Aleppo), Elam, Ešnunna, and the mountain tribes in the Zagros. However, heavy persecution has since driven it underground. At this date Greek, or Hellenistic (“Greek-like”) culture still predominates, at least in the cities across the region. Over the past two centuries, most of the Middle East has come under the rule of two major powers. In the previous thousand years, the influence of Mesopotamian civilization has spread far and wide. Croesus was the son and heir of Alyattes and the most important Lydian king concerning the Bible. He is credited as the first general to use amphibious warfare in recorded history. A timeline noting important empires, people, and events from the foundation of the world between 1450 and 1750. Characterized by feudalism, kingdoms, and Catholicism, particularly in the early middle ages. WHY WAS THE MIDDLE EAST SUCH A RICH PRIZE? The Middle East is now divided between the Roman and Parthian empires. One small part of the Middle East, Judaea, has seen the birth of one of the major religions of world history, Christianity. The history of the Middle East over the past 500 years or so has been one of imperial powers following one another in succession: first the Assyrians, then the Babylonians and Medes, and now the Persian empire, the largest state in the history of the Ancient World. The politics of most Middle Eastern states has been autocratic, and frequently unstable. Invasions have devastated the old centres of civilization, but important new developments, such as the use of iron, the appearance of the alphabet and the rise of Israel, with its monotheistic religion, have taken place. Babylon was the capital of the entire region between Harran in the northwest and the Persian Gulf in the southeast. Their kings are known as the First Dynasty of Babylon. Over the past 500 years, great changes have wracked the Middle East. In the 7th century, a prophet, Muhammed, originally a merchant from an Arabian town called Mecca, started preaching a new religion, Islam. Modern historians, though, believe it was 625 BC. The early history of man in Iran goes back well beyond the Neolithic period. Later Byzantine mistrust and persecution of such religious unorthodoxy brought down his successors, al-Mundhir (reigned 569–582) and Nu'man. In the 1st century BC, the expanding Roman Republic absorbed the whole Eastern Mediterranean area, and under the Roman Empire the region was united with most of Europe and North Africa in a single political and economic unit. Islam has by now become the majority religion in the Middle East. He begged for Egypt, Greece, or Babylon to help him, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. The Ottoman empire sided with Germany and Austria in World War 1 (1914-8), and afterwards was broken up amongst the nations of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Age of Empire: The Middle East c.1000 BCE to 500 BCE (Premium resource). The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths and Vandals, and then the de facto collapse of Roman power in the west, was felt throughout the Eastern Roman Empire like a thunderclap. It was one of the most fertile and rich parts of the ancient world. The Middle Ages was the time after the fall of the Roman Empire up to the time of the Renaissance. The Eurasian Steppe (aka "the Steppe"), a vast strip of grassland from Ukraine to Mongolia, straddles several major regions. To the east has arisen the other major Middle Eastern power, Safavid Iran. The old powers of the region – Egypt, the Hittites, Assyria and Babylon – have all been devastated by invaders from outside their borders: the “Sea Peoples” from Europe, the Aramaeans from the Syrian desert and the Kuldu (Chaldeans) and other groups from the southern desert. Although the city was called Constantinople until its fall, the Eastern Roman Empire became known by the classical name of Byzantium, and often the city was called by its old name as well. The Ottoman empire now dominates most of the Middle east. Several major advances in civilization have taken place in region in recent centuries. In 585 BC, probably through the mediation of the Babylonians, peace was established between Media and Lydia, and the Halys (Kizil) River was fixed as the boundary between the two kingdoms. The cities of Sumer had a legacy of intercity warfare, and the tools of these wars have been found in graves, such as copper axes and blades. Some Middle Eastern governments are taking steps to modernize their countries. He was fabulously wealthy, spawning the simile: "as rich as Croesus.". It has been during this period that a distinctively “Persian” civilization, which will later influence much Islamic art, architecture and literature, has evolved. However, he was plagued by constant uprisings. The Ghassanid state was founded after king Jaffna bin ‘Amr emigrated with his family and retinue north and settled in Hauran (south of Damascus). The vast Mongol empire was divided amongst the descendants of Genghis Khan, and the Middle East fell to a branch which became known as the Il-khans. Their achievements will have an enduring impact on world history. It was impossible for the successors of Hammurabi to fight against all these enemies at the same time, and they started to lose their grip. Alexander was a remarkable person who combined the military genius and political vision of his father Philip II of Macedon, with a literary bent romanticism and a taste for adventure. Ottomans conquer Constantinople, effectively ending the fifteen-hundred-year-old Roman Empire. Since then the Middle East has seen many upheavals, particularly in Mesopotamia and surrounding regions. The Sassanid era, encompassing the length of the Late Antiquity period, is considered to be one of the most important and influential historical periods in Iran. The Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, and Phoenicians all built great empires, each of which rose to glory in the Middle East. Hammurabi's successes became the problems of his successors. Whereas the Romans were seen as the main aggressors against the Parthians, these roles were very much reversed by the Sassanids in their aggressiveness against the Romans and later the Byzantines. However, eventually, these internal weaknesses caused the Parthian Empire to collapse and the Sassanid Dynasty rose. Their real power, however, had been destroyed by the Persian invasion in 614. These were the Ayyubids, and they have succeeded in conquering up into Syria and far into the Arabian peninsula. The latter, however, was soon in no position to threaten others, for Astyages was himself under attack. Although the period of the pyramid-builders was long over, Egypt lays on the threshold of its greatest age. The history of ancient India is experiencing a dark age after the fall of the great Indus Valley civilization, The first urban civilization has appeared in the ancient history of East Asia, under the Shang dynasty in China. The Sumerians alloy these two metals together to make bronze, which they use in weapons and armour. 656 - Ali bin Talib becomes the fourth Caliph. Also, Christianity has spread throughout the Middle East, under both the Romans and Persians; in the towns and cities of both empires it is probably the most popular faith. From the origin of civilization to the modern conflicts that impact the world. It has brought two full-scale Arab-Israeli wars (the Six Days War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973), plus several bloody disturbances on – and within – Israel’s borders. A printable version of this timeline is available for download at the bottom of this page. The city of Babylon makes its second to the last appearance in historical sources after the fall of the Third Dynasty of Ur, which had ruled the city-states of the alluvial plain between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris for more than a century. Main Article Colour Key. Through all this, the leadership of the Shi’ite branch of Islam has been strengthening its hold on the country. Muslim Turkics. Founded by Cyrus the Great, it was notable for embracing various civilizations and becoming the largest empire of the ancient history, for its successful model of a centralized, bureaucratic administration (through satraps under a king) and a government working to the profit of its subjects, for building infrastructure, such as a postal system and road systems and the use of an official language across its territories and a large professional army and civil services (inspiring similar systems in later empires),[4] and for emancipating the slaves including the Jewish exiles in Babylon, and it is noted in Western history as the antagonist of the Greek city states during the Greco-Persian Wars. Victorious over Cappadocians, Croesus was filled with confidence. Throughout the war, the vast majority of the empire’s Arabs will loyally support the Ottoman empire and the Islamic cause it represents. Later, however, two great Jewish rebellions against the Romans (66-73 and 132-135) there were crushed, and the Jewish people have been dispersed from their ancient homeland. The wars between Rome and the Parthian Empire, which took place roughly from 53 BC to 217 AD, were a unique episode in classical antiquity. By Robert D. Kaplan In the Parthian part, however, there is starting to develop an Iranian revival in art and architecture, and probably also in literature and religion, with a revived Zoroastrianism. Iraq first, and now, Syria, are being brought back under the firm control of the Ottomans. The canal is a main thoroughfare for Western trade, as well as an important link in the military chains tying the European powers to their overseas empires in East Africa, India, SE Asia and the Pacific. This period in the conventional chronology covers the time from about 1500 to1250 BC. The first chariot was used extensively, and the Sumerians possessed a dynamic and innovative military. Stripped of its Arab provinces, the Ottoman monarchy was overthrown and a Turkish Republic was declared under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal 'Atatürk', a soldier who became Turkey's first president in 1923. For the past two hundred years the Middle East continues to be divided between the Roman Empires and the Parthia Empire, with Asia Minor, Syria and Judaea, and Egypt under the firm rule of Rome, and Mesopotamia and Iran under the Parthians. They carried spears and uncomfortable armor. Equipped with this battle-winning technology, they have subjugated local populations to create new states: the Hittite, Mitanni and Babylonian empires. They have presided over an Iranian revival which has centred round the establishment of Zoroastrianism as the state religion. The key to Sargon's victories was his coordination in the army movement, his ability to improvise tactics, his combined arms strategy, and his skill at siege warfare, as well as the keeping of intelligence always relying on heavy reconnaissance. 1450-1750 Timeline. Islam has changed but still held the primary thought of monotheism and an afterlife, it was a survivor of lies, wars, and competition. The Parthians immediately succeeded in taking over the middle part of Alexander's empire (roughly modern Iran). 644 - Uthman becomes the third Caliph. Following the overthrow of the Medes by the Persians, they would inherit the former's territories but would significantly expand it. © 2020 TimeMaps Ltd. All Rights Reserved. This unity facilitated the spread of Christianity, and by the 5th century, the whole region was Christian. The term Ghassan refers to the kingdom of the Ghassanids, and supposedly means "a spring of water". The first record of the Persians comes from an Assyrian inscription from c. 844 BC that calls them the Parsu (Parsuash (Persians), Parsumash)[1] and mentions them in the region of Lake Urmia alongside another group, the Madai (Medes). The impossible had happened, the power which had held sway in the known world had vanished. Babylon and its ally Larsa fought a defensive war against Elam, the archenemy of Akkad. Prevas (, Learn how and when to remove this template message,, "Largest empire by percentage of world population",, Wikipedia articles needing rewrite from August 2010, Articles needing additional references from August 2010, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2015, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2015, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 November 2020, at 10:29. [citation needed], The peak of Egyptian imperial expansion came when threatened from abroad, when Ramesses II led an army to the north to fight the Hittites at Kadesh. The tremendous city walls were wide enough at the top to have rows of small houses on either side. In 334 BC, Alexander fought the battle that would make his name, opposed by an army of Persians holding an advantageous position on the steep banks of the river Granicus. The Ottoman empire’s hold on the region is more apparent than real outside Asia Minor. By the middle of the ninth century B.C., Israel had been divided into its northern and southern kingdoms for more than a hundred years and powerful Assyria was on the move against its neighbors.Assyrian conquests in the west and south were delayed for a time by a confederation organized in the days of Shalmaneser III (859–824 B.C. This succession of great empires – and the policy that the Assyrians and Babylonians pursued of re-settling conquered peoples in scattered groups throughout their territories – has resulted in the upheaval of populations on a vast scale. 5:27). For the next two centuries, the Persians and Medes were at times tributary to the Assyrians. Ardashir began his reign by conquering the few lands left under Parthian control as well as invading Armenia. After this war had been brought to a successful end, Hammurabi turned against Larsa and defeated its king Rim-Sin. Finally, in 539 BC, they opened the gates of Babylon to Cyrus the Persian, thus fulfilling Daniel's message of doom upon the notorious Belshazzar, the last Chaldean ruler: "You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting" (Dan. Nebuchadnezzar reconstructed Babylon, making it the largest and most impressive city of its day. A Babylonian chronicle mentions the Hatti in connection with an invasion of Babylon at the close of the ancient dynasty of Hammurabi, supposedly in the 17th or 16th centuries. Yemen is a modern day country that is located in the Middle East just south of the nation of Saudi Arabia. Print; Gov't/Empires. With the change of dynasty, the Caliphate’s capital will very soon move to a new city, Baghdad, in Iraq. After the 1973 war the oil producing countries grouped together in an organization called OPEC and imposed an embargo on the sale of oil to those countries in the west which had supported Israel. In the 3rd century a new Iranian cult, called Manichaeism, briefly won many converts, at all levels of society. The first civilizations in world history, those of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, are emerging. This political division will characterize the history of the region for several centuries. Iran continues to experience weakness and instability. Meanwhile, Asia Minor has now come under the Ottoman empire. From the 1230s, much of the Middle East came under the rule of the Mongols. The decades since 1914 have been ones of great change for the Middle East. The last major empire based in the region was the Ottoman Empire. Eventually, the Romans and the Parthians met in the middle. The Sasanian kings have proved more aggressive and formidable opponents of the Romans than their Parthian predecessors had. He will create the standardized version of the Quran. Secondly, the alphabet has been developed, again probably in Asia Minor but soon to be spread by Phoenician merchants around the Mediterranean and Middle East. Like the Scythians, and as the Persians when they first came to West Asia, the Parthians were nomadic people. In less than two years, Alexander secured the Greek and Thracian borders and gathered an army of 50,000 men for the assault on Asia. 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