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The Ancient Period

50,000 BC to AD 500

While the peoples of the Mediterranean Basin developed sophisticated urban societies, the peoples of Western Europe were agriculturalists throughout the Ancient Period.  However, warfare, trade and migration brought Western Europe and the Mediterranean Basin together.  The Romans incorporated much of Western Europe into its empire and  from this a new society developed that included elements of Greco-Roman, Christian and Germanic culture.

Early Europe: Before 2,000 BC

Europeans as Foraging Peoples: 1,000,000 - 5,000 BC

  • 50,000-60,000 BC: Europe is inhabited by Neanderthals
  • 35,000-10,000 BC: Paleolithic Art

    Europeans as Agricultural Peoples: 5,000 - 2,000 BC

  • 4,500 BC: Neolithic Revolution in Western and Central Europe
  • 3,500 BC: Indo-European Migration

Celtic Europe: 1850 BC- AD 400

  • 1850 BC: Celto-Ligurian culture
  • 390 BC: Celts sack Rome and enter history as "Gauls."

The Germanic Migrations in Western Europe: AD 300-500

  • 378: Battle of Adrianople
  • 410: Rome is sacked by the Visigoths
  • 476: Romulus Augustulus, the last Roman emperor in the West is deposed.


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