Sardis Timeline

Sardis Timeline


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  • 687 BCE - 546 BCE

    Mermnad dynasty rules Lydia.

  • 687 BCE - 652 BCE

    King Gyges rules Lydia and expands its borders. Sardis becomes Lydian capital.

  • 609 BCE - 560 BCE

    Reign of Alyattes of Lydia. Minting of first coins made from electrum.

  • 560 BCE - 547 BCE

    Reign of Croesus of Lydia.

  • 499 BCE - 494 BCE

    Ionian cities rebel against Persian rule.

  • c. 498 BCE

    Ionians and Greek allies invade and burn Sardis (capital of Lydia).

  • 334 BCE

    Sardis surrenders to Alexander the Great.

  • May 334 BCE

    Alexander invades the Persian empire.

  • 280 BCE

    Lydia becomes a part of the Seleucid Empire.

  • 133 BCE

    Lydia and its captial Sardis comes under Roman rule.

  • 17 BCE

    An earthquake destroys 12 cities in Lydia and affects Sardis.

  • 616 CE

    Sardis' civc life comes to an end. A Persian army penetrates the Roman defensive lines that had been deployed in eastern Anatolia. Soon after, part of that region falls to the Persians, including Sardis.


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