Centuries: 8th century BC - 7th century BC - 6th century BC
Events and Trends
- Assyrian king Ashurbanipal founds library, which includes our earliest complete copy of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
- 649 BC - Babylonian revolt under Shamash-shuma-ukin is crushed by the Assyrians
- 648 BC - Pankration becomes an Olympic event
- 648 BC - Earliest Greek-chronicled solar eclipse.
- 647 BC - King Assurbanipal of Assyria sacks Susa
- 642 BC - Ancus Marcius becomes king of Rome (traditional date)
- 640 BC - Great victory of Assyria over Elamite Empire