The region that is now the country of Syria has a very long history. People have been living there for at least 800,000 years. Many different cultures have influenced and shaped its history. Countries and nations have risen, only to vanish. A variety of religions have been practiced. Alongside the bustling cities and villages, nomadic people have lived in parts of Syria since time immemorial.While major dramatic events were going on, everyday life has continued as usual.
This timeline gives an overview of Syria’s history, with a small selection of places, events and people.