Thursday, September 19, 2013

Middle East History - Visual Quick Study

  - Note: Click on any map to enlarge it - 

Ancient History (B.C.)

Fertile Crescent

The Earliest Civilizations

3500 BC

Mesopotamia: First States and Writing

Bronze Age - 1400 BC

1450 B.C.
Fall of the Assyrian Empire
Egyptian and Hittite Empires 1290 BC 
Babylonian Empire 560 B.C.

The Persian Empire - 490 B.C.
The Persian Empire - 500 BC

Armenia - 50 AD

For Further Details

Roman Influence (A.D.)

Roman Empire - 200 AD
Roman Empire Divided - 450 AD

The Rise of Islam

Islamic Conquests 620 A.D. - 750 A.D.

Continual Turmoil

Byzantine, Seljuk Turks, Mongol and Crusader Influence
Byzantine Empire 1000-1100

The Seljuk Turks 1100

The Crusades 1096 - 1270
Mongol Empire - 1294

Ottoman Influence

1841- Ottoman Empire

1914 - Ottoman Empire

Post World War 1 - European Partitioning

1916 - The Sykes-Picot Agreement

1922 - Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire 



1982 - Shiite Population

Distribution of Religions (Modern Day - Mediterranean and Middle East)

Further Study - Map Collections, etc.

TimeMaps > 
Great Chronological Succession of Maps, Timeline Based

Middle East Maps > 
Extensive Map Library

and finally… Conjecture for the Future


  1. A few other maps were added to fill in the gap between Roman and Ottoman times.

    As always, this is just a quick visual overview and by no means the "final word" -- more like just a catalyst to get folks to search and absorb further details on their own....

  2. Updated (added a few other maps)

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