Assyria becomes a world power, while Egypt declines.

The Greek people, inspired by the Homeric epics, form a common culture around their cultural centers of Olympia and Delphi.

The Phoenicians and the Greeks begin to set up trading colonies around the Mediterranean.

In Israel the Prophets reshape the religion of Yaweh, elevating him to a universal god, while in Persia a world religion emerges under the influence of Zoroaster.