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1000-600 BCE

1000-600 BCE  

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The Jews write down the Torah, the earliest part of the text subsequently known to Christians as the Old Testament
1st century BCE

1st century BCE  

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The Essenes, a Jewish sect, withdraw from secular life to form monastic communities in the desert
2nd century BCE

2nd century BCE  

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Cement is in use for construction in Asia Minor, possibly developed first in Pergamum
3100-1000 BCE

3100-1000 BCE  

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Sumer develops as the first centre of Mesopotamian civilization
3rd century BCE

3rd century BCE  

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Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma emerge as India's trio of main gods, with the Vedic religion of the Aryans evolving into Hinduism
4th century BCE

4th century BCE  

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Hippocrates, on the Greek island of Kos, founds an influential school of medicine
5th century BCE

5th century BCE  

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A Persian rug, woven with a knotted pile, is placed in the tomb of a Scythian chieftain and survives to this day
6th century BCE

6th century BCE  

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The choros, originally danced in a circle by temple virgins, is the centrepiece of the developing Greek theatre
Evolution

Evolution  

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The earth's surface settles into a heaving turmoil of rock and water
First 10 billion years

First 10 billion years  

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Big Bang, an unimaginably large explosion from an unimaginably small particle - according to modern theory the first moment of the universe

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