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8th century BC

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8th century BC

Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Decades: 790s BC 780s BC 770s BC 760s BC 750s BC
740s BC 730s BC 720s BC 710s BC 700s BC
Categories: BirthsDeaths

The 8th century BC started the first day of 800 BC and ended the last day of 701 BC.


  • Overview 1
  • Events 2
    • 790s BC 2.1
    • 780s BC 2.2
    • 770s BC 2.3
    • 760s BC 2.4
    • 750s BC 2.5
    • 740s BC 2.6
    • 730s BC 2.7
    • 720s BC 2.8
    • 710s BC 2.9
    • 700s BC 2.10
    • Date Unknown 2.11
  • Significant persons 3
  • Inventions, discoveries, introductions 4
  • References 5


The 8th century BC was a period of great changes in civilizations. In Egypt, the 23rd and 24th dynasties led to rule from Nubia in the 25th Dynasty. The Neo-Assyrian Empire reaches the peak of its power, conquering the Kingdom of Israel as well as nearby countries.

Greece colonizes other regions of the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea. Rome is founded in 753 BC, and the Etruscan civilization expands in Italy. The 8th century BC is conventionally taken as the beginning of Classical Antiquity, with the first Olympiad set at 776 BC, and the epics of Homer dated to between 750 to 650 BC.

Iron Age India enters the later Vedic period. Vedic ritual is annotated in many priestly schools in Brahmana commentaries, and the earliest Upanishads mark the beginning of Vedanta philosophy.


The bronze Capitoline Wolf suckles the infant twins Romulus and Remus, the twins added in the 15th century. They were the legendary founders of Rome.
Sargon II, King of Assyria and conqueror of the Kingdom of Israel, depicted here with a dignitary

790s BC

780s BC

770s BC

760s BC

750s BC

740s BC

730s BC

720s BC

710s BC

700s BC

Date Unknown

Significant persons

Although many human societies were literate at this time, some of the individuals mentioned below must be considered legendary rather than historical.

Inventions, discoveries, introductions


  1. ^ "Muzeum Archeologiczne w Biskupinie". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
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