My Cultural Timeline of the World continues:
890 BC — The Iliad and The Odyssey are written by Homer.
800 BC — Rise of the Greek City-States. Some of the more prominent of these city-states were Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Corinth.
776 BC — First Olympic Games were held in Olympia, home of a statue of Zeus which was considered one of the original “Seven Wonders of the World.” The games were dedicated to Zeus and were held every four years (an Olympiad). There was a country-wide truce during the Olympics, allowing athletes to travel safely to and from the games.
753 BC — Founding of Rome. The most famous myth associated with the founding of Rome introduces the characters, Romulus and Remus, twins who were suckled by a she-wolf. When they grew older they decided to establish a city, but quarreled. Romulus killed Remus and Rome was born.