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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
10th century

10th century  

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With the end of iconoclasm, the screen between the nave and the altar sanctuary becomes covered in icons in Orthodox churches
11th century

11th century  

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Iceland's parliament, the althing, passes a resolution that everyone on the island is to be baptized
12th century

12th century  

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The Assassins, a sect of Nizari Ismailis, begin to acquire strongholds in Persia
13th century

13th century  

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The new Christian doctrine of Transubstantiation prompts rumours that the Jews desecrate the consecrated Host
14th century

14th century  

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Flying buttresses are a striking new structural feature on the exterior of Gothic cathedrals
15th century

15th century  

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Guilds of singers and song-writers develop in German towns, calling themselves Meistersinger, or master singers
16th century

16th century  

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The people of Benin begin a lasting tradition of sculpture in brass, melted down from objects brought by traders
17th century

17th century  

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The Yoruba develop an extensive empire centred on Oyo in southern Nigeria
18th century

18th century  

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Holland and England are now producing the magnificent ocean-going merchant vessels known as East Indiamen

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