1883 Nikos Kazantzakis born in Heraklion, Crete.

1902 Kazantzakis studies Law in Athens.

1907 Studies in Paris, where he is influenced by his tutor Henri Bergson

1914 Meets Angelos Sikelianos, with whom he travels to Mount Athos and elsewhere in Greece.

1918 Travels to Switzerland and Russia as a senior civil servant, assisting in the repatriation of Greeks from the Caucasus.

1922 Lives in Vienna and Berlin

1924 Returns to Greece and to Crete.

1925 Makes three journeys to Russia.

1932 Travels to Spain for several months.

1935 Travels to China and Japan.

1936 Reports on the Spanish Civil War as a foreign correspondent for the Kathimerini newspaper.

1939 Is invited by the British Council to England, where he spends the first few months of World War Two.

1940 Returns to Greece and lives on Aegina for the duration of the War and the German occupation.

1946 Leaves Greece for England, staying temporarily in Cambridge. In September 1946 Kazantzakis settles in Paris, where he works for a short time as a literary advisor to UNESCO.

1948 Settles in Antibes in the South of France. While continuing to write, he takes a keen interest in the numerous translations and publications of his works around the world.

1957 Travels to China, where he falls ill. Returns to Europe (Copenhagen) and is subsequently transferred to Freiburg University Hospital, where he dies on 26th October 1957.