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About this time Tiridates III, king of Armenia,
adopted Christianity as the religion of his kingdom, making Armenia
the first Christian state.
(CO Enc. / Armenia)
300 About this time Berbers
from North Africa began to rule Ghana and continued for about the
next 400 years. They are thought to have originated as nomads from
the Middle East.
300 The Mayan city of Cancuen
was already established by this time. Ruins of the city were
discovered in 1999 in Guatemala.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A2)
300 Mayans began building on
Cozumel Island off Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula about this time. The
town of San Gervasio was built and inhabited through 1650. Cozumel
covers 189 square miles, about the size of Lake Tahoe.
(SSFC, 9/25/05, E4)
300 In India about this time
Vatsayana wrote the philosophical treatise "Kama Sutra" during the
classical age of the Gupta period. One of its 35 chapters dealt with
various sexual positions.
(SFEC, 3/2/97, DB p.32)
300 Iron-using people settled
at Zimbabwe in central Africa about this time.
(Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.169)
300-400 See the reference for this period.
300-400 Historian Egami Namio in 1948 proposed the
"horserider" thesis that cited equestrian goods and foreign culture
elements as evidence that the ancestors of the Japanese imperial
line had migrated from Korea about this time and conquered the
northern part of Kyushu.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.36)
300-400 The book "Deipnosophistae," The Dinner
Table Philosophers, described the use of "happy baskets" for
(SFC, 9/10/97, Z1 p.5)
300-400 The Circus Maximus in ancient Rome,
expanded under Constantine in the 4th century CE, had an estimated
seating capacity of 250,000. The largest of hippodrome in Rome, a
U-shaped stadium with a low wall running in the middle around which
chariots raced, it seated an estimated 150,000 spectators at the
time of Julius Caesar in the 1st century B.C.
300-400 As long ago as the 4th century, an
Egyptian scientist named Papp suggested there should be a science
called heuristics to solve inventive problems.
300-400 During this time the 1st French church
dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built in the 4th century on the
hill site of the later Chartres cathedral.
(Hem., 10/97, p.83)
300-400 Saint Nectarius of Auvergne (also known as
Nectarius of St-Nectaire, Nectarius of Limagne, Necterius of
Senneterre), venerated as a 4th century martyr and Christian
missionary, was one of the seven missionaries sent by Pope Fabian
from Rome to Gaul to spread Christianity there. Nectarius was
accompanied by the priests Baudimius (Baudenius, Baudime) and
Auditor (Auditeur); tradition states that they were all brothers.
300-400 During this time Ammon Scholasticus, Greek
lawyer, worked in Panopolis, Egypt. In 1997 Prof. William H. Willis
(d.2000) of Duke Univ. completed an archive of his papers: "The
Archives of Ammon Scholasticus."
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.B2)
300-400 During this period Kuqa on the silk road
in western China was a Buddhist center of learning.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.T5)
300-400 In Ireland the Staigue Fort with circular
drystone walls was built about this time on the Iveragh peninsula.
300-400 By the 4th century El Mirador, the most
powerful city in the Preclassic Maya world, had become a ghost town.
(Arch, 9/00, p.28)
300-400 The Syriac monastery of Mar Mattai was
established near Mosul.
(Econ, 5/14/16, SR p.3)
300-467 The well-run government of the Gupta
Dynasty existed during this period.
300-525 During the Gupta Dynasty, India trades
with the Eastern Roman Empire, Persia, and China.
300-645 Yamato Period of Japan. The Yamato clan
had taken root in the Nara basin and gave rise to the people called
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 214)(Hem, 9/04, p.41)
300-700 Goths, Huns, Avars, Serbs, Croats, and
Bulgars successively invade Illyrian lands.
(www, Albania, 1998)
c300-1000 During the 4th-10th century, Orhon Turks
were prominent in Mongolia.
300-1300 During this period the Anasazis inhabited
the Canyon de Chelly and the Canyon del Muerto in northeast Arizona.
(SFEC, 11/29/98, p.T8)
301 King Trdat III declared
Christianity to be the state religion. Armenia became the first
country to adopt Christianity. Not long after the Armenians adopted
Christianity in their homeland around the biblical Mt. Ararat, on
the eastern border of modern-day Turkey, they dispatched priests to
(MH, 12/96)(SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A25)(AP, 5/12/11)
301 San Marino traced its roots
to this time and later claimed to be the world’s oldest republic. It
was founded by stonecutter Marinus of Arbe.
(WSJ, 1/16/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/19/10, p.M2)
303 Feb 23, Emperor Diocletian
ordered the general persecution of Christians in Rome.
303 Apr 23, St. George,
dragon-slaying knight, died. He was made the patron saint of England
in the 14th century. George, later fired by the Pope as mythical,
was tortured and beheaded at Nicomedia. He was a soldier who was
reported to have risen to a high rank under Diocletian.
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD, p.552)(MC, 4/23/02)
303 St. Devota (b.~2893), a
Corsican martyr, died. Sainte-Devote was killed during the
persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian. Monaco celebrates her feast
day on Jan 27. In 1820 she was named a principal patron saint of
(SSFC, 1/27/13, p.N3)
303 Lactantius, an early
Christian writer, said that Romula, mother of Roman emperor
Galerius, encouraged her son to persecute Christians in this year.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.29)
304-305 Massive persecution of the Christians
305 May 1, Emperor Gaius
Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Jovius of Rome abdicated. Constantius
I Chlorus (Flavius Valerius Constantius) became Western emperor.
Galerius (Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus) became Eastern
305 San Gennaro, a pious
bishop, was beheaded by Roman Emp. Diocletian. In the 14th century
Naples began celebrating the miracle of San Gennaro, whereby the
city’s archbishop shakes a vial allegedly containing blood from
(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A2)
306 Jul 23, Constantine was
proclaimed Caesar of the west by the army, while Severus, the former
Caesar, was proclaimed Augusta of the west by Galerius.
306 Oct 28, Marcus Aurelius
Valerius Maxentius was proclaimed emperor of Rome.
307 Nov 11, Flavius Valerius
Severus, compassionate emperor of Rome (306-07), died.
309 Feb 16, Pamphilus Caesarea,
Palestinian scholar, martyr, was beheaded.
309-310 Apr 18, St. Eusebius began his reign as
Catholic Pope. He ruled for just 4 months in either 309 or 310.
(PTA, 1980, p.62)(WUD, 1994 p.492)(HN, 4/18/98)
310 Roman Emperor Constantine
built a defense tower at Eboracum on the banks of the River Ouse in
what later became the English city of York.
(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.Q1)
311 Apr 30, Emperor Galerius
recognized Christians legally in the Roman Empire.
311 May 5, Gaius VM Galerius
(~50), emperor of Rome, died in Dardania.
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.29)(MC, 5/5/02)
311 Jul 2, St. Miltiades began
his reign as Catholic Pope.
311 In Austria a Roman
gladiator school flourished at Carnuntum 28 miles (45 km) east of
Vienna. This was a major military and trade outpost linking the
far-flung Roman empire's Asian boundaries to its central and
northern European lands. Archeological digging at the site began
around 1870 and by 2011 only 0.5 percent of the settlement was
311 At the consecration of
bishop Caecilian of Carthage, one of the three bishops, Felix,
bishop of Aptunga, who consecrated Caecilian, had given copies of
the Bible to the Roman persecutors. A group of about 70
bishops formed a synod and declared the consecration of the bishop
to be invalid. Great debate arose concerning the validity of
the sacraments (baptism, the Lord's Supper, etc.) by one who had
sinned so greatly against other Christians.
311 The Donatists were a
Christian sect that developed in northern Africa [Numidia] and
maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church
and that baptisms and ordinations of the orthodox clergy were
invalid. The Donatists insisted that sinners must be re-baptized.
(WUD, 1994, p.425)(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C1)(Econ,
311 Licinius (Valerius Licianus
Licinius) became Eastern emperor. He was deposed and executed by
Constantine in 325.
312 cOct 27, Prior to a battle
between Constantine and Maxentius, Constantine experienced a vision
of Christ that ordered him to ornament the shields of his soldiers
with the Greek letters chi and rho, the monogram for Christ.
Constantine won the battle and attributed his success to Christ. He
became emperor of the West and an advocate of Christianity. [see Oct
(MH, 12/96)(CU, 6/87)
312 Oct 28, Constantine
the Great defeated Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius at the Mulvian
Bridge. Constantine’s smaller army (about 50,000 strong) won a
decisive victory there; while fleeing, Maxentius drowned in the
river. Constantine was instantly converted when he saw a cross in
the sky, with the inscription "In hoc signo vincit" ("In this sign
you shall conquer"). [see Oct 27]
(HN, 10/28/98)(DoW, 1999, P.398)
312 Appius Claudius began
construction of the Appian Way as a military highway.
313 Jan 1, A 15 year cycle used
in reckoning ecclesiastical calendars was established as a fiscal
term to regulate taxes. It is called the Roman Indiction.
(CFA, '96,Vol 179, p.23)
313 Apr 30, Co-emperor Licinius
unified the whole of the eastern empire under his own rule.
313 Constantine met with the
eastern emperor at Milan, capital of the late Roman Empire. They
agreed on a policy of religious tolerance. The Edict of Milan
legalized Christianity, but also allowed Romans religious choice.
(CU, 6/87)(ITV, 1/96, p.58)(SFEC, 7/13/97,
p.T13)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.M6)
313 Constantine wrote a letter
to the proconsul of Africa in which he explained why the Christian
clergy should not be distracted by secular offices or financial
obligations. "When they are free to render supreme service to the
Divinity, it is evident that they confer great benefits upon the
affairs of the state."
313 Nanai-vandak, a Sogdian
agent, wrote that "The last emperor fled from Louyang [the eastern
capital of China] because of famine and fire" due to nomadic
(AM, 9/01, p.50)
313 Maximinus II Daia, Eastern
emperor, was killed at Tarsus.
314 Licinius declared Valens
(d.314) as co-emperor during the war with Constantine. Licinius was
deposed and executed by Valens.
314-335 Pope Sylvester I. A document from the 9th
or 10th century called the "Donation of Constantine" was forged to
show Constantine granting to Sylvester and his successors spiritual
supremacy over all matters of faith and worship and temporal
dominion over Rome and the entire Western empire.
316 Diocletian, former emperor
of Rome, died. By this time there were about 30,000 converts to
Christianity and some 33 popes had followed in the footsteps of St.
(ITV, 1/96, p.58)
317 Aug 7, Flavius Julius
Constantius II, Emperor Egypt, Byzantium, Rome (337-61), was born.
320 In India the Gupta state
began with the accession of Chandragupta I. His son and grandson
were successful conquerors and extended the state across Northern
India from sea to sea. The journal of the Buddhist monk Fa-hsien
provides most of our knowledge of Gupta society.
324 Constantine chose Byzantium
as his new capital. He moved his court to Byzantium and chiseled his
name on the portal.
(ATC, p.24)(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
324 Licinius proclaimed
Martinian (Marcus Martinianus) as co-emperor. Martinian (d.325) was
soon deposed by Constantine.
325 May 20, An ecumenical
council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor.
The Church Council of Nicaea (aka Iznik) in Asia Minor condemned the
teaching of Arius, a Christian priest at Alexandria (d.336), who
held that Christ was not divine in the same sense as God the Father.
The council fixed Orthodox Easter as the first Sunday after the
first full moon following the vernal equinox unless the date falls
on the 1st day of Passover, in which case it moves to the next
(WUD, 1994, p.80,81)(Sky, 4/97, p.56)(SFC,
4/25/97, p.A21)(HN, 5/20/98)
325 Aug 25, Council of Nicaea
ended with adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of
the Holy Trinity. The Council also decreed that priests cannot marry
after their ordination.
(MC, 8/25/02)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)
325 Emperor Constantine and his
mother Helena reportedly announced the discovery of Christ’s tomb.
The site became the Shrine of the Holy Sepulchre.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.81)
325 Licinius (Valerius Licianus
Licinius), Eastern emperor, was deposed and executed by Constantine.
325 Martinian (Marcus
Martinianus) was executed by Constantine.
326 Jul 25, Constantine refused
to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices.
326 Constantine executed his
son Flavius Julius Crispus, born to his 1st wife, under the
persuasion of his 2nd wife Fausta.
(PCh, 1992, p.48)
326-330 The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
was built by the Roman emperor Constantine. The church was rebuilt
under Justinian (527-565).
(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B2)(WSJ, 4/5/02, p.A1)
330 May 11, Constantine renamed
the town of Byzantium to: "New Rome which is Constantine’s City." It
became know as Constantinople.
(ATC, p.31)(HN, 5/11/98)
330 Constantine began the
building of the Great Palace in Constantinople.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)
330 Ezana (Aezianas), ruler of
Aksum (northeast Ethiopia), converted much of his realm to
Christianity. During his rule he constructed much of the monumental
architecture of Aksum, including a reported 100 stone obelisks, the
tallest of which loomed 98 ft over the cemetery in which it stood
and weighed 517 tons. Most of the obelisks were later destroyed, but
one was hauled off by Italian forces after their 1937 invasion. It
was returned in 2003.
330-379 Saint Basil of Caesarea. His followers
erected monastic communities in Turkey.
(SFEM, 3/12/00, p.30)
330-1025 This is the period covered by John Julius
Norwich, historian, in his Byzantium: The Decline and Fall.
(WSJ, 10/14/95, p.A-12)
331 Nov 17, Flavius Claudius
Julianus, [Julian the Apostate], emperor (361-363), was born.
335 Oct 21, Constantinople
emperor (Constantine the Great) enacted rules against Jews.
335 Byzantine Emperor
Constantine built the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on
the hill of Golgotha, where his mother claimed to have found the
remains of the True Cross. It was raised by the Persians in 614,
reconstructed and again destroyed by Caliph Hakim of Egypt in 1009.
It was rebuilt by the Crusaders.
(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.W13)
336 Dec 25, The first recorded
celebration of Christmas on this day took place in Rome. By this
year Dec 25 was established in the Liturgy of the Roman Church as
the birthday of Jesus. [see 354] The Basilica of St. Anastasia was
built as soon as a year after the Nicaean Council. It probably was
where Christmas was first marked on Dec. 25, part of broader efforts
to link pagan practices to Christian celebrations in the early days
of the new religion. In 2007 Italian archaeologists unveiled an
underground grotto, near St. Anastasia, that they believe ancient
Romans revered as the place where a wolf nursed Rome's legendary
founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus.
(WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)(AP, 12/25/99)(AP,
336 Arius, Christian priest
from Alexandria and teacher of the doctrine of Arianism, died.
(WUD, 1994, p.80,81)
337 May 22, Constantine (47),
convert to Christianity and Emperor of Rome (306-37), died. He had
made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire and had
the Chapel of the Burning Bush built in the Sinai Desert at the site
where Moses was believed to have witnessed the Miracle of the
Burning Bush. He was baptized just before death.
(V.D.-H.K.p.92)(PCh, 1992, p.48)(MC, 5/22/02)
337 Sep 9, Constantine's three
sons, already Caesars, each took the title of Augustus. Constantine
II and Constans shared the west while Constantius II took control of
340 Ambrose (d.397), later
Bishop of Milan (374-397), was born about this time. He set to music
the principal prayer of the Mass and, according to St. Augustine,
set the fashion for silent reading.
(WUD, 1994, p.46)(WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-8)
340 St. Jerome (d.420),
Christian ascetic and biblical scholar, was born about this time. He
was the chief preparer of the Vulgate version of the Bible. Jerome
condemned the use of potions that caused sterility and murder of
those not yet conceived. [Wired dates him 321-420]
(WUD, 1994, p.524)(Wired, 8/96, p.98)(AM, Mar/Apr
340-360 The Codex Sinaiticus, a manuscript of the
Christian Bible, was written in the middle of the fourth century and
contains the earliest complete copy of the Christian New Testament.
For most of its history it resided at St. Catherine’s Monastery
built (527-565) on Egypt Mt. Sinai. It left the monastery in the
19th century for Russia, in circumstances that were later disputed.
345 Dec 6, Nicholas of Myra
(later Demre) died on this day in either 345 or 352. He reported as
bishop to the Byzantine church in Constantinople. In 2005 Jeremy
Seal authored “Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa
p.B1)(www.newadvent.org/cathen/11063b.htm)(Econ, 12/24/05, p.115)
346 Theodosius was born in
Spain. He served as emperor East Roman Republic 379-395.
(WUD, 1994 p.1471)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.M6)
347 May 14, Pachomius, Egyptian
monastery founder, abbot (Coenobieten), died.
347 St. John Chrysostom
(d.407), was born about this time. He was the ecumenical Patriarch
(WUD, 1994 p.264)
350 In Teotihuacan 3 men were
buried amid lavish goods about this time. Their graves were
discovered in 2002 in a tomb at the top of the 5th of 7 layers of
the Pyramid of the Moon near Mexico City.
(SFC, 11/22/02, p.J2)
350 A new state with its
capital at Axum in the Ethiopian mountains grew and controlled the
coast of Eritrea and the sea trade route to southern Arabia. The
rulers spoke a Semitic language and about this time conquered Kush,
which broke in two, the kingdom of Dongola and the kingdom of Alwa.
By the mid 500s, Alwa, Axum and Dongola had become Christian.
(Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.169)
350 The Huns invaded Persia.
350 In Sudan the last pyramid
in the Egyptian tradition was built at Meroe about this time. The
Meroe dynasty ruled Kush for more than 1,000 years until the
kingdom's demise in 350 AD.
(Arch, 9/02, p.55)(AP, 3/3/10)
352 May 17, Liberius began his
reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I.
352 Sep 12, Maximinus van
Trier, bishop of Trier, saint, died.
353-431 St. Paulinus, poet and Bishop of Mola:
"For it is after the Solstice, when Christ born in the flesh with
the new sun transformed the season of cold winter, and giving to
mortal men a healing dawn, commanded the nights to decrease at his
coming with advancing day."
(WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)
354 Augustine (Aurelius
Augustinus, d.430) was born in Tagaste, North Africa (modern Souk
Ahras, Algeria). Augustine of Hippo, Church Father and philosopher,
held that as long as the fetus was "shapeless" homicide laws did not
apply because it had no senses and no soul. "Total abstinence
is easier than perfect moderation." He fused the New Testament with
Greek philosophy. "Nothing is so powerful in drawing the spirit of a
man downwards as the caresses of a woman."
(http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html)(AM, Mar/Apr 97
p.13)(HN, 11/13/98) (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)
354 Winter, Emperor Julian the
Apostate came ashore at Hissarlik, the site of ancient Troy, and
found a fire still burning on an altar to the Trojan hero, Hector.
(Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.50)
354 Pope Liberius decided to
add the Nativity to the Church calendar and selected December 25 to
celebrate it. [see 336]
(WSJ, 12/21/07, p.A19)
355 Donatus, bishop of Casae
Nigrae in North Africa, died. He taught that the effectiveness of
the sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister. In
other words, if a minister who was involved in a serious enough sin
were to baptize a person, that baptism would be considered invalid.
356 Feb 19, Emperor Constantius
II shut all heathen (non-Christian) temples.
357 Apr 28, Constantius II
visited Rome for the first time.
357 Aug 25, Flavius Claudius
Julianus, the cousin of Constantius, beat the Alamanni in a Battle
at Strasbourg. Chonodomarius was caught.
(PCh, 1992, p.48)(HN, 8/25/99)
359 Christians allegedly
established a camp in Skythopolis, Syria, to torture and execute
pagans from around Europe. This can only be a reference to the Arian
Bishop of Scythopolis, Patrophilus, who cruelly abused Christian
bishops exiled to his see under Constantius. These included Eusebius
of Vercelli. It was not a death-camp, nor did it last 30 years, nor
were pagans the victims.
360 Feb 15, The first Hagia
Sophia was inaugurated by Constantius II. It was built next to the
smaller church Hagia Eirene in Constantinople. Both churches acted
together as the principal churches of the Byzantine Empire.
361 Nov 3, Flavius Julius
Constantius II (44), the 1st Byzantine Emperor, died. Flavius
Claudius Julianus, Julian the Apostate, succeeded Constantius and
tried to make paganism the official religion of the empire.
(V.D.-H.K.p.92)(PCh, 1992, p.48)(MC, 11/3/01)
362 Jun 17, Emperor Julian
issued an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.
363 Jun 27, The death of Roman
Emperor Julian brought an end to the Pagan Revival. Julian received
a mortal wound in battle with the Sassanian Persians, whom he tried
(HN, 6/27/98)(WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A27)
363 A devastating
earthquake leveled half the city of Petra, the principal city of
364 Feb 17, Flavius Jovianus
(~32), Christian emperor of Rome (363-64), died.
364 Feb 26, On the death of
Jovian, a conference at Nicaea chose Valentinian, an army officer
who was born in the central European region of Pannania, to succeed
him in Asia Minor.
365 Jul 21, An earthquake,
whose epicenter was in Crete, leveled the Egyptian Port of
Alexandria as well as the Roman outpost of Leptis Magna in Libya.
Some 50,000 people died. The ancient Egyptian city, known as
Leukaspis or Antiphrae, was hidden for centuries after it was nearly
wiped out by the tsunami. When Chinese engineers began cutting into
the sandy coast to build the roads for a new resort in 1986, they
struck the ancient tombs and houses of the town founded in the
second century B.C.
(www.earthscape.org/r2/jos/vol1-1june1997/pg55.html)(AM, Mar/Apr 97
366-384 Pope St. Damasus I located martyr’s graves
and had verse inscriptions composed for their tombs. He transformed
the catacombs into popular and venerated shrines.
(ITV, 1/96, p.58)
367 Much of Gortyn, the Roman
capital of Crete, was destroyed be an earthquake. It was 1st
inhabited around 3,000 BC and was destroyed by an Arab invasion in
370-415 Hypatia, female mathematician born in
Alexandria, Egypt. She was a professor of mathematics and philosophy
at the Univ. of Alexandria. She lectured on Plato, Aristotle,
astronomy, geometry, Diophantine algebra, and the conics of
(Alg, 1990, p.145)
374 Emperor Valentinian ended
the parental right to kill their infants.
(SFEC, 2/13/00, Z1 p.2)
374-397 Ambrose served as the Bishop of Milan.
Later proclaimed St. Ambrose.
(WUD, 1994, p.46)(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.T13)
375 Nov 17, Enraged by the
insolence of barbarian envoys, Valentinian, the Emperor of the West,
died of apoplexy in Pannonia in Central Europe.
376 Dec 25, In Milan, Ambrose,
the Bishop of Milan, forced the emperor Theodosius to perform public
penance for his massacre.
377 Niall of the Nine Hostages,
warlord and head of the most powerful dynasty in ancient Ireland,
was crowned king. He reportedly had 12 sons, many of whom became
powerful Irish kings themselves. In 2006 scientists in Ireland
presented evidence that he was the country's most fertile male, with
more than 3 million men worldwide among his offspring.
378 Aug 9, In the Battle of
Adrianople the Visigoth Calvary defeated Roman Army.
378 Tikal saw the establishment
of a new line of kings following its military victory over many
cities of the Maya Lowlands. The 1st king was Nuun Yax Ain (Green
Crocodile) and he claimed descent from a Teotihuacan lord that
scholars later dubbed Spear-thrower Owl.
(Arch, 9/00, p.27)
379 In Milan the brick Basilica
of St. Ambrose was begun.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.T3)
379-395 Theodosius I (c.346-395) served as emperor
East Roman Republic.
(WUD, 1994 p.1471)
380 Theodosius I ordered that
all people under his rule embrace Christianity.
(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.M6)
383 Aug 25, Flavius Gratianus
(25), Emperor of Rome (375-383), was murdered.
384 May 13, Servatius
(Aravatius), bishop of Tongeren, died at age 65.
384 Sep 9, Flavius Honorius,
emperor East Roman Republic (395-423), was born.
385 Pope Siricius left his wife
to become pope and told priests to stop sleeping with their wives.
(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)
385 Priscillian, bishop of
Avila in Spain, was convicted of sorcery and executed by the Roman
(NH, 9/96, p.20)
386 Augustine (354-430) became
a priest and soon after bishop of Hippo, a Roman city in what is now
Algeria. He wrote "The City of God," in which he laid out a plan of
world history, showing how two cities vied with each other for
dominance and would continue to do so until the end of time. One
city was human- material, fleshly, downward-turning. The other city
was divine- spiritual, turning upward toward the Creator of all
things... An individual thinking being, Augustine said, does not
make the truth, he finds it. He discovers it within himself as he
listens to the teachings of the magister interiore, the "inward
teacher," who is Christ, the revealing Word of God. According to
Augustine, St. Ambrose set the fashion for silent reading and
marveled at the innovation.
(V.D.-H.K.p.94)(WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-8)
386-535 The Northern Wei Dynasty is associated
with the spread of Buddhism from India to China.
(AM, 9/01, p.49)
387 Apr 24, Bishop Ambrose
baptized St. Augustine in Milan at the Baptistry of San Giovanni
alle Fonti, later the site of the Duomo Cathedral.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.T12)
387 The Parthians and Romans
agreed to settle the Armenian question by the drastic expedient of
partition. The Sassanid kings of Persia (who had superseded the
Parthians in the Empire of Iran) secured the lion's share of the
spoils, while the Romans only received a strip of country on the
western border which gave them Erzeroum and Diyarbakir for their
388 Aug 28, Magnus Maximus,
Spanish West Roman Emperor (383-88), was executed. His ambitions led
him to invade Italy, resulting in his defeat by Theodosius I at the
Battle of the Save in 388.
c389 Mar 17, St. Patrick
(d.461), the patron saint of Ireland, was born. Calpurnius, his
father, was a deacon and local official who lost his son to Irish
raiders when Patrick was 16. Patrick allegedly drove all the snakes
(i.e. pagans) out of Ireland.
(HN, 3/17/99)(HNQ, 3/17/01)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)
c389-461 St. Patrick, an English missionary and
bishop of Ireland. March 17 is celebrated in his honor. He was a
Celt born in Romanized Britain and was kidnapped by Irish pirates at
16, sold into slavery, and served for 6 years as a shepherd until he
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A16)(WUD, 1994, p.1057)(SFC,
390 Jul 16, Brennus and Gauls
defeated the Romans at Allia.
392 May 15, Valentinianus II
(21), emperor of Rome (375-392), was murdered.
392 Nov 8, Theodosius of Rome
passed legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire and
declared Christianity the state religion.
(HN, 11/6/98)(MC, 11/8/01)
393 The ancient Olympic Games
were held at intervals beginning in 776 BC until about 393 CE when
they were abolished by Roman emperor Theodosius I after Greece lost
its independence. The modern Olympic Games were started in 1896.
394 Sep 6, Theodosius became
sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the
394 Sep 8, Arbogast, French
general, committed suicide.
395 Jan 17, Emperor Theodosius
I (49), the Great, Spanish head of Rome, died. Theodosius I wrote
into his will that upon his death the eastern and western sections
of the empire should be declared separate empires. His death in this
year marks the split of the Roman and Byzantine Empire.
(ATC, p.24)(MC, 1/17/02)
396 The last Olympic Games were
held under Emp. Theodosius I, who halted them due to increasing
professionalism and corruption. [see 393CE] In 2004 Nigel Spivey
authored “The Ancient Olympics."
(SFC, 7/14/96, p.T1)(WSJ, 8/13/04, p.W8)
397 Nov 8, Martin of Tours, [St
Martin], bishop of Tours, died. [see Nov 11]
397 Nov 11, Martinus (81), (St
Martin), Roman bishop of Tours, died. [see Nov 8]
397 In southeastern Turkey the
Mor Gabriel monastery was founded by Syriac Christians. In 2009 it
had just 3 monks and 14 nuns and faced the loss to the state of some
100 acres representing 60% of its core property.
(WSJ, 3/7/09, p.A8)
400 A stable form of ink was
developed with iron-salts, nutgalls and gum.
(SFC, 7/26/04, p.F4)
400 The Barbarians, Hsiung-nu
nomads, moved West. These "Huns" displaced the Goths and the
Vandals, who moved west. The displaced Goths broke into two groups,
one moving west into Gaul forcing the native Germanic peoples south,
the other branch, called the Visigoths, headed south into Italy. The
Vandals continues to move west, and turned south through Gaul and
into Spain. They ravaged Spain and crossed into Africa and later
recrossed the Mediterranean into Italy.
400 Afghanistan was invaded by
the White Huns. They destroyed the Buddhist culture, and left most
of the country in ruins.
400 About this time sage-prince
Kambu of the Cambodian legends, who belonged to the Kamboja lineage,
appears to have sailed from Indian subcontinent, probably from
Saurashtra/Gujarat on the west coast of India and established a
small Kamboja kingdom in Bassac around Vat-Ph'u hill in Mekong
Basin. The first Khmer or king, know as Kambu, founded Kambujadesa,
which means the Sons of Kambu or Kambuja for short.
400 By this time the Chinese
had developed rigid metal stirrups which gave the rider more
security in the saddle.
400 In Ireland the Celtic ruler
Niall of the Nine Hostages lived around this time.
(SFC, 7/14/97, p.E1)
400 About this time Kalidassa
wrote the great Indian literature: "Kumara’s Fight Against the Demon
400 About this time Nubia faded
as a independent civilization.
(MT, 10/95, p.10-11)
400 About this time people from
the chiefdom Dal Riata in northern Ireland crossed the Irish Sea and
settled along the Scottish coast of County Argyll.
(AM, 7/01, p.46)
400-500 The Angles and Saxons crossed the North
Sea to England bringing with them the 5 day week: Tiwsday - of the
god Tiw; Wodensday - of the god Woden; Thorsday - of the god Thor;
Frigsday - of the goddess Frig; and Seternesday - of the god
Seterne. The Anglo-Saxons, a group of Germanic tribes, gradually
invaded England by sea starting in the 5th century in the wake of
the collapse of the Roman Empire.
(K.I.-365D, p.107)(AP, 9/24/09)
400-500 About this time Apicius, a Roman gourmand,
authored “De re coquinara" (concerning cookery). It is considered to
be the first Western cookbook. The first printed edition came out in
400-500 The Quraysh tribe of west-central Arabia
makes treaties with neighboring areas to ensure the safe passage of
trade caravans through the desert around Mecca.
400-500 During this period the Jutes of Jutland,
at the northern tip of the Danish peninsula, migrated to Britain as
part of a Germanic invasion. The notion that they settled in what is
now Kent and the Isle of Wight, as is recorded by Anglo-Saxon
chronicler Bede the Venerable, has been confirmed by archaeological
400-500 A tomb in 1996 was found in the ruins of
the Maya city of La Milpa in Belize near the Mexican border. It
contained the skeleton of a man adorned with a pendant depicting the
head of a vulture, signifying lord or ruler. Archeologist Norman
Hammond speculated that it could be the burial place of the king
known as Bird Jaguar, who lived around 450, or his successor.
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.A10)
400-500 Yax K’uk Mo (Blue-Green Quetzal Macaw) was
the 5th century founder of Copan in Honduras, although the site was
occupied from early preclassic to late classic times.
(AM, May/Jun 97 suppl. p.F)
400-500 In Ashkalon, Israel, bones from this
period of some 100 infants were discovered in 1988 in the debris of
a sewer adjacent to a bath house of this time.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.12)
400-500 The 63-volume, 2,711-page compendium
of Jewish law was compiled in Mesopotamia during this time. In 1923
the custom, known as “Daf Yomi," Hebrew for “daily page," began,
when Polish Rabbi Meir Shapiro conceived of the idea of reading the
Talmud with the aim of uniting Jews globally in a daily regimen of
Talmud study. It takes seven years and five months to finish at a
rate of a single page per day.
400-500 The Aymara people lived on the shores of
Lake Titicaca between Bolivia and Peru since the 5th century. Their
ancient capital was Tiahuanaco. Their world is described in "Valley
of the Spirits" (1996) by Alan L. Kolata.
(NH, 8/96, p.14)
400-500 St. Ursula, a legendary British princess,
and her 11,000 martyr virgins were said to have been slaughtered by
the Huns at Cologne in the 5th century.
(WUD, 1994, p.1573)(SFEC, 2/15/98, p.T8)
400-500 During this period the Indian philosopher
Yashomitra made commentaries on Buddhism and described it as
"awakened" (vibuddha) and "full-bloomed" or "perfected" (prabuddha).
400-500 In Japan two imperial tombs of this time
in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, are held by legend to belong to
Ninigi, grandson of the sun goddess Amaterasu and his wife.
(AM, Jul/Aug ‘97 p.12)
400-500 The leap year tradition of women proposing
marriage to men began in 5th century Ireland.
(SFEC, 6/8/97, Z1 p.6)
400-600 The large Buddha at Bamiyan, Afghanistan,
170 feet tall, was constructed during this period. It was an
enlargement of an Indian Buddha of the Gupta period.
(WSJ, 3/5/00, p.A22)
401 Apr 10, Theodosius II, the
Younger, Eastern Roman emperor, was born.
401 Dec, St. Innocent, born in
Albano, Italy, became pope. He was the pope nine years later when
the Visigoths captured and sacked Rome.
402 Apr 6, Battle at Pollentia:
Roman army under Stilicho beat the Visigoths.
402 The capital of the Roman
empire was moved from Rome to Ravenna on the Adriatic.
404 Jan 1, The last known
gladiatorial contest was held in Rome.
405 In Northern Ireland St.
Patrick (16) was sold about this time as a slave by King Niall’s
(WSJ, 3/15/02, p.W15)
405 The Armenian alphabet was
406 Aug 23, At the Battle at
Florence the Roman army under Stilicho beat the Barbarians under
(PC, 1992, p.50)
406 Dec 31, Godagisel, king of
the Vandals, died in battle as some 80,000 Vandals attacked over the
Rhine at Mainz.
406 Some of the inscriptions
from a stone monument from the Maya city of La Milpa have been
deciphered to give this date.
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.A10)
407 Sep 14, Johannes
Chrysostomus (b.c347), patriarch of Constantinople (398) and exiled
in 404, died in Pontus (later northeast Turkey). He is generally
considered the most prominent doctor of the Greek Church and the
greatest preacher ever heard in a Christian pulpit.
408 May 1, Theodosius II
succeeded to the throne of Constantinople.
408 Aug 22, Flavius Stilicho
(48), West Roman field leader (395-408), died.
408-450 Theodosius II was emperor of Rome.
410 Aug 18, King Alaric I's
Visigoths occupied and plundered Rome. [see Aug 24]
(PC, 1992, p.50)
410 Aug 24, Rome was overrun by
the Visigoths, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western
Roman Empire. German barbarians sacked Rome [see Aug 18].
(V.D.-H.K.p.87)(AP, 8/24/97)(HN, 8/24/98)
410 Rome abandoned its British
(AM, 11/04, p.41)
410 Flavius Aetius, the son of
a Roman general, was sent to live as a hostage of the Huns.
(ON, 4/12, p.1)
410 St. Maroun, founder of the
Maronite Christians, died in Cyrrhus region of Syria. The Maronite
movement reached Lebanon when St Maroun's first disciple Abraham of
Cyrrhus, who was called the Apostle of Lebanon, realized that
paganism was thriving in Lebanon, so he set out to convert the
pagans to Christians by introducing them to the way of St Maroun.
411 Proclus (d.485), Greek
mathematician and theologian, was born. [see 412]
(WUD, 1994 p.1147)(MC, 4/17/02)
412 Feb 8, St. Proclus,
Patriarch of Constantinople, was born. [see 411]
413 Oct 10, Nicias, Athens
politician (Peace of Nicias), killed at about age 57.
415 Archbishop Cyril of
Alexandria sent a mob of religious police to stop Hypatia, an
eccentric pagan ascetic and scholar. The mob kidnapped her, dragged
her to a church, stripped and tortured her with broken shards of
pottery. Her body parts were then butchered, put on public display
and burnt to a crisp. In 2004 Jonathan Kirsch authored "God Against
the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.M1)
418 Mar 10, Jews were excluded
from public office in the Roman Empire.
418 Dec 27, Zosimus, Greek Pope
419 Jul 2, Valentinian
III, Roman emperor (425-55), was born.
420 Padua, Italy, was founded
on the edge of the Adriatic.
421 Feb 8, Flavius Constantine
became emperor Constantine III of Roman Empire West.
421 Mar 25, Venice was founded
on a Friday at 12 PM.
421-438 King Bahram V ruled Persia.
422-432 The Bible and the works of the church
fathers were translated into Armenian.
425 Feb 27, Theodosius
effectively founded a university in Constantinople.
425-550 The independent Yaftalee ruled in
426 Yax K’uk Mo’ founded Copan
in what is now western Honduras.
(AM, May/Jun 97 suppl. p.A)
427 Dec, The Patriarch of
427 The Nalanda Buddhist center
of learning was established in Bihar state, India, and continued to
1197. It has been called one of the first great universities in
428 Apr 10, John Nestorius from
Antioch was consecrated as the new Patriarch of Constantinople by
428 The Arsacid (Arshakuni)
monarchy of Armenia ended and control fell under the rule of the
429 Roman Africa was invaded by
the Vandals, barbarians who had fought and conquered their way
across Germany, France, Spain and across the Strait of Gibraltar.
(Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.168)
430 Aug 28, Augustine (b.354)
died in Hippo (Annaba, Algeria) with a Vandal army outside the gates
of the city. His writings included "The Confessions." In 1999 Garry
Wills authored the biography "St. Augustine." Augustine had
developed the theory of a "just war" and said a nation’s leaders
must consider among other things, anticipated loss of civilian life
and whether all peaceful options have been exhausted before war
starts. In 2003 Garry Wills authored "Saint Augustine's Sin." In
2005 James J. O’Donnell authored “Augustine: A New Biography."
Augustine turned against the spirit of intellectual inquiry once he
found salvation. His dogmatic invective laid the foundations for
centuries of intellectual tyranny by the Catholic church. In 2015
Robin Lane Fox authored “Augustine: Conversions and Confessions."
(SSFC, 12/21/03, p.M6)(Econ, 5/14/05,
p.86)(www.connect.net/ron/august.html)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.82)(Econ,
431 The Council of Ephesus was
held to deal with the heretics and heresies of the day such as
Arianism and Apollinarianism. The council condemned Nestorianism,
which taught that there were 2 person in Christ and that Mary was
the mother of the human Christ but not of God. In 2009 Miri Rubin
authored “Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary."
(Usenet, 3/4/97)(PTA, 1980, p.86)(Econ, 2/21/09,
431 The Assyrians and Chaldeans
broke from what was to become the Roman Catholic Church over a
(WSJ, 3/12/00, p.A10)
431 A great Mayan dynasty arose
at Palenque and soon began trading with communities hundreds of
(SSFC, 12/7/03, p.C10)
432 About this time St. Patrick
was consecrated a bishop and returned to Ireland as missionary. He
established Ireland’s first monasteries and Irish monks made it
their mission to copy all literature, sacred and secular, while
barbarism swept the continent. This period is covered in the 1995
book "How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill.
(SFC, 3/17/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 11/5/99, p.W12)
432 Flavius Aetius was
appointed commander-in-chief of all the armies of the Western Roman
(ON, 4/12, p.1)
434-453 Attila the Hun was known in western Europe
as the "Scourge of God." Attila was the king of the Huns from 434 to
453 and one of the greatest of the barbarian rulers to assail the
435 John Nestorius was banished
from his monastery in Antioch by Emperor Theodosius II.
435-808 In Mexico Yaxchilan on the bank of the
Usumacinta was occupied at least over this period. King Mah K’ina
Skull III was one of the rulers during the construction of some 90
(AM, May/Jun 97 suppl. p.G)
437 Nov 30, A glyph in Copan
[in later Honduras] records this date and mentions the 1st and 2nd
rulers of the city-state.
(NG, 12/97, p.81)
438 Easter, In Ireland St.
Patrick used the 3-leaf clover to illustrate the Trinity.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.D7)
438-457 The Persian King Yazdegird II ruled. He
pressured the Armenians to accept Zoroastrianism and worship the
supreme god Ahura Mazda. Mihr-Nerseh, the Persian grand vizier,
promulgated an edict that enjoined the Armenians to convert.
439 Oct 9, Ancient city of
Carthage was captured by Genseric the Vandal. [see Oct 19,24]
439 Oct 19, The Vandals, led by
King Gaiseric, took Carthage and quickly conquered all the coastal
lands of Algeria and Tunisia. Egypt and the Libyan coast remained in
Roman hands. [see Oct 24]
(Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.168)(HN, 10/19/98)
439 Oct 24, Carthage, the
leading Roman city in North Africa, fell to Genseric and the
Vandals. [see Oct 19]
439 Oct 29, Vandals under
Genseric occupied Carthage. [see Oct 24]
439 In Mauretania (now northern
Morocco and Algeria) Roman rule ceased about this time when
barbarian incursions forced the legions to withdraw.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.)
440 Aug 19, Pope Sixtus III
(PTA, 1980, p.88)
440-790 The Mayan city of Palenque flourished.
(AM, 5/01, p.49)
441 Bishop Patrick allegedly
fasted for 40 days on a 2,500-foot peak later named Croagh Patrick
in county Mayo. He allegedly banished snakes from Ireland during
(SFCM, 10/14/01, p.23)
444 In Ireland St. Patrick
selected the site for the Cathedral of Armagh. It later became
Ireland’s ecclesiastical center and preceded the 360 churches that
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.D7)
449 The Armenians held a
General Assembly to ponder the Persian edict that demanded
conversion to Zoroastrianism. They chose to remain Christian and
their leaders were summoned to Persia to answer to the king. The
leaders opted to yield under heavy pressure but were renounced on
their return home.
450 St. Benedict (d.547) was
born in Norcia, Italy, about this time.
450 The Hun invasions of India
450 In Peru a tattooed Moche
woman was entombed about this time, at a site later called El Brujo,
with a sacrificed teenage slave and a collection of weapons and
jewelry. In 2006 her mummy was discovered in a pyramid called Huaca
(SFC, 5/17/06, p.A2)
450-470 The Vakataka emperor Harisena, ruled over
central India. He is recognized as bringing India's Golden Age to
its apogee. He oversaw the greatest building phase at the
monasteries of Ajanta, where monks lived in rock-cut cells.
(LSA., pp. 10-16)
451 Apr 13, A Persian Army of
300,000 men under Mushkan Nusalavurd arrived at a place between her
and Zarevand (now Khoy and Salmast in Iran) to face the Armenian
451 May 26, The Battle of
Avarair. Vardan Mamikonian, son of Sparapet (general) Hamazasp
Mamikonian and Sahakanush, daughter of the Catholicos Sahak Bartev,
led a force of 66,000 Armenians to face the Persians. Prior to
battle Vardan read aloud the story of the Jewish Maccabees. Persian
losses tripled the Armenian dead, but Mushkan won and Vardan was
451 Apr 8, Attila's Huns
plundered Metz and continued moving south along the Moselle River.
(ON, 4/12, p.2)
451 Jun 20, Roman and Barbarian
warriors halted Attila’s army at the Catalaunian Plains
(Catalarinische Fields) in eastern France. Attila the Hun was
defeated by a combined Roman and Visigoth army. Theodoric I, the
Visigothic king, was killed. The Huns moved south into Italy but
were defeated again. Some sources date this on Sep 20. Attila and
his brother Bleda jointly inherited the Hunnish Kingdom,
headquartered in what later became Hungary. Attila later murdered
Bleda to gain full control.
451 Sep 20, Roman General
Aetius defeated Attila the Hun at Chalons-sur-Marne (Battle of the
Catalaunian Plains). Many sources date this on Jun 20.
451 Oct 8, Council of Chalcedon
(4th ecumenical council) opened. The Council declared that the two
natures of Christ, divine and human, were united without change,
division or confusion in Christ. This led to the formation of the
Coptic Monophysite Church which continued to hold that Jesus had but
one divine nature. Copt comes from the Arabic word for Egyptian.
(CU, 6/87)(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A9)(MC, 10/8/01)
451 The Armenians were the
first Christians to take up arms in defending their right to
451 Clan leaders of Armenia
united to defeat the Sassanians at Avarair.
(CO Enc. / Armenia)
451 John Nestorius, former
Patriarch of Constantinople, died about this time. Prior to his
death he wrote his book "Bazar of Heracleids."
451-484 Vahan Mamikonian led the Armenians in a
33-year guerrilla war. The Persian Sassanids underwent 3 rulers and
pressure from the Ephthalites, White Huns, and when King Peroz was
killed by the White Huns, his successor, Balash, sued for peace.
Vahan demanded and was granted religious freedom.
452 Feb 4, The Mayan city of
Tikal has a monolith in hieroglyphics that reports an inferior
conjunction of Venus".
452 Jun 8, Italy was invaded by
Attila the Hun.
452 Pope Leo I met Attila the
Hun on the banks of the Mincio and Attila agreed to make peace and
(PTA, 1980, p.90)
452 Attila the Hun died.
454 Sep 21, In Italy, Aetius,
the supreme army commander, was murdered in Ravenna by Valentinian
III, the emperor of the West.
455 May 31, Petronius Maximus,
senator, Emperor of Rome, was lynched.
455 Jul 9, Avitus, the Roman
military commander in Gaul, became Emperor of the West.
455 Jun 16, Rome was sacked by
the Vandal army. Gaiseric looted and burned Rome for 14 days. He
took the looted treasure, which likely included the 70AD plunder
from Jerusalem, by ship to the temple of Carthage.
(V.D.-H.K.p.88)(HN, 6/16/98)(SFC, 10/23/06,
455 Genseric, at the invitation
of Eudoxia, Valentinian's widow, sailed to Italy, and took Rome
without a blow. At the intercession of Leo the Great, he abstained
from torturing or massacring the inhabitants and burning the city,
but gave it up to systematic plunder. For 14 days and nights the
work of pillage continued. Genseric then returned unmolested to
Africa, carrying much booty and many thousand captives, including
the empress Eudoxia and her two daughters. The elder became the wife
of his son Hunneric; the younger, with her mother, was eventually
surrendered to the emperor Leo.
457 Feb 7, A Thracian officer
by the name of Leo was proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army
general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian.
457 A Monophysite was named
patriarch of Alexandria.
(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A9)
461 Mar 17, According to
tradition, St. Patrick (b.c389), the patron saint of Ireland, died
in Saul, County Down. Some sources say he died in 493AD. He was an
English missionary and bishop of Ireland. In 2004 Philip Freeman
authored "St. Patrick: A Biography."
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)(AP,
461 Nov 10, Leo I the Great,
Pope (440-61), died.
468 Mar 3, St. Simplicius was
elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius.
470 Chinese philosopher Mozi
(b.391) died about this time. Mohism or Moism was an ancient Chinese
philosophy of logic, rational thought and science developed by the
academic scholars who studied under Mozi and embodied in an
eponymous book: the Mozi. Mozi taught that everyone is equal in the
eyes of heaven. For those in power he believed that it should be
based on meritocracy, or those who are worthy of power receive
472 Aug 18, Flavius Ricimer,
general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker, was born.
473 An ancient king in Sri
Lanka constructs an impenetrable fortress atop a giant rock that
rises 200 yards above the plains. The site is called Sigiriya.
(WSJ, 8/3/95, p.A-8)
474 Jan 18, Leo I, Roman
Byzantine Emperor (457-74), died. He was succeeded by his grandson
474 Nov 17, Leo II (b.467),
Roman Byzantine Emperor, died.
476 Aug 28, The western Roman
Empire formally ended at Ravenna as the barbarian general Odoacer
deposed the last of the Roman emperors, the young boy Romulus
(ATC, p.32)(PC, 1992, p.52)
477 In Sri Lanka the usurper
King Kasyapa I founded Sigiriya and built his castle atop a 550-foot
outcrop. He had murdered his father Dhatusena.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.D)(Arch, 7/02, p.32)
477 Harisena, emperor of
Central India dies.
(LSA., p. 12)
480 Boethius (d.524) was born
in Rome about this time. He acquired an important post under the
Ostrogoth King Theodoric, but later fell into disfavor and was
imprisoned. In prison he wrote his famous The Consolation of
480 Hun invasions began to
weaken the Gupta Dynasty in India.
483 Mar 13, St. Felix began his
reign as Catholic Pope.
484 The Church of Mary
Theotokos was built over the presumed site of a Samaritan Temple
that is believed to be a copy of the Second Temple of Jerusalem at
Mt. Gerizim in the Israeli occupied West Bank.
(SFC, 5/23/95, p.A-10)
484 The Armenians signed a
treaty in the village of Nuwarsak with the Persians and Vahan
Mamikonian was appointed marzban of Armenia.
485 Apr 17, Proclus (b.411),
Greek mathematician, died in Athens.
(WUD, 1994 p.1147)(MC, 4/17/02)
485-505 In Armenia Vahan Mamikonian began his rule
with services at the Cathedral of Dvin with the Catholicos Hovhan I
490 Oct 29, Petrus Mongus,
patriarch of Alexandria, died.
492 Mar 1, St. Felix III ended
his reign as Catholic Pope.
492 Mar 1, St Gelasius I began
his reign as Catholic Pope (492-496).
(PTA, 1980, p.98)(SC, 3/1/02)
493 Mar 3, Odovacar, the
Herulian leader, surrendered Ravenna to Theodorik, king of the
Ostrogoths. Theodorik invited Odovacar to dinner and had him
murdered. Theodorik united Italy as an Ostrogoth kingdom until 554.
[see Mar 15]
(PCh, 1992, p.52)(V.D.-H.K.p.88)(SC, 3/3/02)
493 Mar 15, Theodoric the Great
beat Odoacer of Italy. Odoacer, German army leader, King of Italy
(476-93), died. [see Mar 3]
495 May 3, Pope Gelasius
asserted that his authority was superior to Emperor Anastasius.
PTA, 1980, p.98)(HN, 5/3/98)
496 Nov 21, Pope Gelasius, an
African by birth or descent, died. He changed the mid-February
lottery rules for young Roman men so that they drew names of
Catholic Saints to emulate instead of young girls for play. The
Lupercalia pagan rite had been revived to bring good luck to the
city following a plague. He named Feb 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.
(PTA, 1980, p.98)(SFEM, 2/9/97, p.11)(SSFC,
2/11/01, DB p.40)
496 In China the Shaolin Temple
was built in the foothills of Mount Songshan in Henan province. It
was later considered as the birthplace for Shaolin boxing, a
combination of Buddhism and Chinese martial arts that evolved into
kung fu (gongfu).
(SFC, 9/26/02, p.B3)
496 Clovis, king of the Salian
or Merovingian Franks, became the first of the pagan barbarians to
498 Nov 19, Anastasius II, Pope
(496-98), (Dante Inferno XI, 8-9), died.
500 The northern California
Emeryville Shellmound, CA-Ala 309, dates to about this
(Buckeye, Winter 04/05)
500 China’s Grand Canal between
Beijing and Hangzhou was finished about this time.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.16)
500 In England, the
Anglo-Saxons brought Futhark from continental Europe in the 5th
century and modified it into the 33-letter "Futhorc" to accommodate
sound changes that were occurring in Old English, the language
spoken by the Anglo-Saxons. An early offshoot of Futhark was
employed by Goths, and so it is known as Gothic Runes. It was used
until 500 CE when it was replaced by the Greek-based Gothic
500 About this time the
Ridgeway, the oldest road in Europe, wandered along empty, open
ridges over Wiltshire’s Marlborough Downs in England. Invading
Saxons gave this ancient track its present name: “The Ridgeway," but
even then it was already old beyond all memory. Fifty centuries
earlier, Stone Age traders probably followed this track to barter
stone axe heads with farmer folk in the valleys. These Neolithic
merchants picked up The Ridgeway at the Thames River ford at Goring,
then followed it westward and southward along the crest of the
Downs, into what would become the counties of Berkshire and
Wiltshire in the times of the Wessex kings. Since those first
Neolithic peddlers, 200 generations have found their own good
reasons to tramp along the Ridgeway track.
500 By this time the
Chalchihuites culture (New Mexico) engaged in extensive turquoise
mining and exporting raw turquoise to West Mexican centers like Alta
(Arch, 1/05, p.28)
500 By this time the Kaaba at
Mecca housed more than 360 idols of the gods of various tribes.
Protection of the Kaaba was organized by the Quraysh tribe, who
encouraged other tribes to deposit their idols their for protection
and a fee. During four months of each year the Quraysh forbade
fighting and raiding along the trade routes and this allowed both
merchants and travelers make their pilgrimages in peace for a fee.
500 The Manteno people
inhabited the area of northern Ecuador about this time. It was
believed that they ran a vast maritime empire and traded with the
Aztecs in Mexico and made voyages of 3,000-4,000 miles. In 1998-99 a
team led by John Haslett (34) attempted to duplicate their maritime
voyages with a 20-ton, 60-foot balsa raft.
(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A8
500 About this time Nubians
turned from their Egyptian-influenced religion to Christianity. A
thousand years later the people of their region will convert heavily
(MT, 10/95, p.10-11)
500 About this time the Indian
monk Bodhidharma hit on the idea of Zen after staring at a wall for
(WSJ, 10/23/96, p.A1)
c500 The first settlers of
Madagascar began arriving from the Malay Archipelago in the middle
of the first millennium. DNA studies in 2012 indicated that the
number of women in the first group of settlers numbered about 30.
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.84)
500 Teotihuacan people built a
60-foot pyramid about this time in what later became known as
Iztapalapa, Mexico. It was abandoned after about 300 years, when the
Teotihuacan culture collapsed. Archeologists began to unveil the
site in 2004.
500 In Nigeria evidence of
urbanization at the Yoruba city of Ife dated back to about this
500 In Peru a Moche pyramid
from about this time at Dos Cabezas contained tombs that
archeologists found in 1997. The tombs revealed people of unusual
height along with miniatures of the deceased and the tomb’s
(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A7)
500 Ancient Turks are believed
to have originated in Mongolia about this time.
(Arch, 1/06, p.17)
500-600 Arabs about this time brought back home
from India the numerals we refer to as Arabic numbers.
(SFEC, 1/23/00, Z1 p.2)
500-600 The Arabian city of Ubar, disappeared in
the early 6th century. The event was later cited by Muhammad in the
Quran. In 1992 a team of investigators announced the discovery of
the long lost Arabian city of Ubar. George Hedges (1952-2009), a
Hollywood litigator, and filmmaker Nicholas Clapp, participated in
the find. Clapp later authored “The Road to Ubar: Finding the
Atlantis of the Sands" (1999).
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.A12)
500-600 In England the 6th century Gildas was the
only historian whose work survived. He made no mention of King
Arthur. He described the Picts as “Loathsome hordes, dark swarms of
worms that emerge from the narrow crevices of their holes when the
sun is high, preferring to cover their villainous faces with hair
rather than their private parts and surrounding areas with clothes.
(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.W10)(AM, 11/04, p.41)
500-600 The monastic complex of David Gareja was
founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the
thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in Georgia at the same time. His
disciples Dodo and Luciane expanded the original lavra and founded
two other monasteries known as Dodo's Rka (literally, "the horn of
Dodo") and Natlismtsemeli ("the Baptist"). Part of the complex is
also located in the Agstafa rayon of Azerbaijan and thus became
subject to a border dispute between Georgian and Azerbaijani
500-600 The historical Bodhidharma (known as
Daruma in Japan) was an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth
or sixth century AD. He is commonly considered the founder of Chan
(Zen) Buddhism, and credited with Chan's introduction to China.
Daruma’s philosophy arrived first in China, where it flowered and
was called Chan Buddhism. Only centuries later did it bloom in
Japan, where it is called Zen.
500-600 The rulers of Ghana stored grain in mud
huts on high, steep land.
500-600 About this time Irish monks brought an
alembic from the Middle East that was initially used to distill
perfumes. They soon applied it to spirits and produced Uisce Beatha
(water of life), better known as whiskey.
(WSJ, 8/14/02, p.D8)
500-600 In Laos a local legend describes a
military celebration for which the stone jars of the Plain of Jars
were created to ferment and store alcohol.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.E)
500-600 El Pital, a Maya regional hub on the gulf
coast since c300 BC, suddenly became inactive. It was later
suspected that a catastrophic flood hit the area.
(SFC, 9/14/00, p.C8)
500-600 The Picts of Scotland developed a script
about this time made up of 30 symbols. In 2005 it still defied
(AM, 11/04, p.43)
500-700 A Babylonian earthenware demon bowl from
Seleucia-on-Tigris dated to this period.
(MT, 3/96, p.5)
500-700 The clay Lydenburg Heads from southern
Africa, dated to this period. These earliest know South African
sculptures were later exhibited at the Guggenheim.
(NYT, 6/7/96, p.B9)
500-700 Chronicles of the 8th century record the
peaceful arrival of immigrants from Korea in the 6th and 7th
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.38)
500-700 Evidence in 2005 suggested that
Polynesians visited California during this period and transferred
their canoe building technology to the local Chumash and Gabrielino
(SFC, 6/20/05, p.A5)
500-800 Curse tablets are widely used in this era.
"Lead scrolls, used to place curses against lawyers, lovers, and
horses, have been discovered in a Roman-era well at King Herod’s
palace in Israel."
(USAT, 10/28/94, 1A)
c500-1100 The Sinagua people lived in the area of
Sunset Crater, Az.
(AM, 3/04, p.48)
500-1315 The Fremont Indians lived in Utah’s Range
Creek Canyon during this period and etched into rock designs of
animals and people.
(WSJ, 1/31/06, p.B6)
502-557 In China the Liang stele dates to this
(WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A20)
508 The Franks, led by Clovis,
took Paris and made it their capital. Under Charlemagne, the capital
was moved to Aachen and Paris waned, raided repeatedly by Norsemen
during the 9th and 10th centuries.
508 Clovis, king of the Franks
(later France), defeated the Visigoths and pushed into Spain.
510 Boethius began the
translation of the works of Aristotle from Greek into Latin. He only
completed the "Organon," or works on logic.
511 Nov 11, Clovis (45), king
of Salische France and founder of Merovingians, died. [see Nov 27]
511 Nov 27, Clovis, king of the
Franks, died and his kingdom was divided between his four sons. [see
515 Boethius in his treatise on
the Trinity writes "As far as you are able, join faith to
520 St. Benedict founded the
Benedictine Order at Monte Cassino. From there monks went forth and
created a network of monasteries all over Europe. The monks taught
the values of agricultural living to the nomadic barbarians.
520 Guptas invent the decimal
system in India.
521-597 St. Columba, Irish missionary in Scotland.
The Irish monks of Columba preceded the Benedictines in Northern
Europe, but their ascetic otherworldliness did not meet the needs of
the practical barbarian people.
(CU, 6/87)(WUD, 1994, p.292)
523 May 6, Thrasamunde, king of
Vandals (496-523), died.
524 Jun 21, Battle at Vezerone:
Burgundy beat France.
525 By this time the Hun
invaders have conquered India. The Gupta Dynasty ends.
526 May 18, St. John I,
Catholic Pope (523-526), died.
(HN, 5/18/98)(SC, 5/18/02)
526 May 20, An earthquake
killed 250,000 in Antioch, Turkey. This was the capital of Syria
from 300-64BCE. [see May 29]
526 May 29, Antioch, Turkey,
was struck by an earthquake and about 250,000 died. [see May 20]
(AM, 11/00, p.69)(SC, 5/29/02)
526 Aug 30, Theodorik the Great
(72), King of Ostrogoths, died of dysentery. He was succeeded by his
grandson Athalaric (10), who reigned until 534 with his mother
Amalasuntha as regent.
(PC, 1992, p.54)
527 Apr 1, Emp. Justin named
Justinianus co-emperor of Byzantium. [see Apr 4]
(OTD)(PC, 1992 ed, p.54)
527 Apr 4, In Constantinople,
Justin, seriously ill, crowned his nephew Justinian as his
co-emperor. [see Apr 1]
527 Aug 1, Justinus I,
Byzantine emperor (518-27), died.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.54)
527-548 Empress Theodora, considered the most
powerful woman in Byzantine history, ruled with her husband
527-565 Justinian ruled the Byzantine Empire.
(WSJ, 4/5/02, p.W12)
527-565 Emperor Justinian built the St. Catherine
monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Desert to house the bones of St.
Catherine of Alexandria, who was tortured to death for converting to
Christianity. The site was thought to be the place where Moses saw
the Miracle of the Burning Bush.
528 Justinian assigned 10 men
the task of condensing the 1,600 books of classic Roman law.
529 Justinian, ruling from
Constantinople (517-565), promulgated the Codex Constitutionum, the
chief source and authority of Roman law.
529 The new Justinian Code was
composed of 4,652 laws. It extended the rights of women, children
and slaves, and also called for harsher penalties for crime.
529 Justinian closed the
Platonic academy at Athens.
529 The Monte Cassino monastery
in Italy was founded by St. Benedict (450-547).
(V.D.-H.K.p.107)(NW, 10/28/02, p.16)
530 Oct 14, Dioscurus,
anti-Pope (530), died.
532 Jan 13-532 Jan 14, The 2nd
Hagia Sophia cathedral burned down in Constantinople during the Nika
uprising, which failed leaving some 30-40,000 people dead. Justinian
and his wife Theodora had attended festivities at the Hippodrome, a
stadium for athletic competition. Team support escalated from
insults to mob riots and in the end Constantinople lay in ruins.
Justinian proceeded to rebuild the city with extensive commissions
for religious art and architecture, including the new Hagia Sophia.
532 Oct 17, Boniface II, 1st
"German" Pope, died.
533-565 Justinian’s armies regained parts of
Spain, all of Italy and North Africa.
534 Justinian brought the
Vandal king into Constantinople and resurrected the triumphal
procession of 71AD.
(SFC, 10/23/06, p.A15)
535 Feb, In Southern China the
Nan Shi Ancient Chronicle reported that "yellow dust rained down
(WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A46)
535 Apr 30, Amalaswintha, queen
of Ostrogoten, was murdered.
535 May 13, St Agapitus I began
his reign as Catholic Pope
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)
535 Feb, There is evidence that
the Krakatoa volcano had a major eruption about this time. In 1869
Rangawarsita, a Javanese royal courtier, compiled the Books of
Kings, which mentioned an event from the middle of the first
millennium that sounded like a major eruption.
(WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A46)(Disc., 7/4/03)
535-536 John of Ephesus, a Syrian bishop, reported
that the sun darkened for a period of 18 months with feeble light
for only about 4 hours a day.
(WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A46)
536 Apr 22, St. Agapitus I
ended his reign as Catholic Pope (535-36).
(HN, 4/22/98)(MC, 4/22/02)
536 Dec 9, Byzantine Count
Belisarius entered Rome through the Asinarian Gate at the head of
5,000 troops. At the same time, 4,000 Ostrogoths left the city
through the Flaminian Gate and headed north to Ravenna, the capital
of their Italian kingdom. For the first time since 476, when the
Germanic king, Odoacer, had deposed the last Western Roman emperor
and crowned himself "King of the Romans," the city of Rome was once
more part of the Roman empire—albeit an empire whose capital had
shifted east to Constantinople. Belisarius had taken the city back
as part of Emperor Justinian’s grand plan to recover the western
provinces from their barbarian rulers. The plan was meant to be
carried out with an almost ridiculously small expeditionary force.
The 5,000 soldiers that General Belisarius led included Hunnish and
Moorish auxiliaries, and they were expected to defend circuit walls
12 miles in diameter against an enemy who would soon be back, and
who would outnumber them at least 10-to-1.
(HN, 12/9/98)(HNC, 10/1/99)
537 Mar 11, The Goths laid
siege to Rome. The Goths cut the aqueducts to Rome in the 6th
(HN, 3/11/98)(SFEC, 7/2/00, p.T4)
537 Dec 27, The Hagia Sophia
Byzantine cathedral in Constantinople was consecrated. St. Sophia
(meaning "the holy wisdom" in Greek) was built by Emperor Justinian.
It remained a symbol of Byzantine grandeur until Istanbul was
conquered by Muslim armies.
538 Nov 30, St. Gregory of
Tours, chronicler and bishop, was born.
538-552 Introduction of Buddhism to Japan from
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 214)
538-600 Buddhist missionaries introduced the art
of flower arranging to Japan. The 1st school of flower arranging,
ikenobo, was founded by Ono no Imoko in the early 7th century.
Ikebana became the umbrella name for the schools of flower
(SFEC, 4/23/00, Z1 p.2)
540-560 In Syria the monastery of St. Moses the
Abyssinian (Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi) was built in the middle of the
sixth century, and belonged to the Syrian Antiochian Rite. The site
was abandoned after several hundred years, but was revived in the
late 1980s by Italian Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio.
(http://tinyurl.com/kudtzxa)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.42)
541-543 Plague swept Asia Minor.
(AM, 11/04, p.38)
541-750 The beginning of a pandemic of plague that
swirled around the Mediterranean for more than two centuries. It
killed as many as 40 million people and weakened the Byzantine
Empire. "The bodies of the sick were covered with black pustules...
the symptoms of immediate death," wrote Procopius, historian of the
Byzantine Emperor Justinian. At its peak in Constantinople, he
reported, the plague killed 10,000 people a day.
(NG, 5/88, p.678)
542 The St. Columbas monastery
was founded on Iona. [see 563]
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.T8)
543 Mar 21, Benedict of Nursia
died. Some sources put his death on March 21, 547. He had founded
twelve communities for monks at Subiaco, Lazio, Italy (about 40
miles (64 km) to the east of Rome), before moving to Monte Cassino
in the mountains of southern Italy.
544 In northern Guatemala a
Mayan altar dated to this year depicts La Corona ruler Chak Took
Ich'aak conjuring two local gods from a shaft in the form of a
double-headed snake. In 2017 the altar was found encased in the
roots of a tree in a collapsed temple. Archaeologists said the altar
suggests the Mayan dynasty of Kaanul, known as the Snake Kings,
acted like its namesake in slowly squeezing the rival kingdom of
(AP, 9/15/18)(AP, 9/18/18)
544 In India about this time
Pulakeshin I instituted the Chalukyan kingdom and his son
established Vatapi, identified as Badami, as the capital.
546 Colmcille, an Irish saint,
founded a monastery at Derry.
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A14)
546 Totila the Goth besieged
(PTA, 1980, p.120)
547 Mar 21, St. Benedict
(b.450), Italian monk, died (see March 21, 543). He lived for years
as a hermit near the ruins of Nero's palace above Subiaco, 40 miles
east of Rome. He established the monastery of Monte Cassino, the
founding house of the Benedictine order. His rules and standards of
communal life are known as the rules of St.
548 In Ireland St. Kieran
founded a monastery at Clonmacnoise, an Irish phrase meaning "the
meadow of the sons of Nos."
(SFEC, 8/1/99, p.T8)
549 Jerusalem held to a Jan 6
date for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus until this year.
In the end the West added the Epiphany and the East added the Dec 25
nativity to their liturgical calendars.
(WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)
550 Native peoples in
southwest Colorado began building pit houses. Found the world over,
these are rooms dug in the ground with roofs of mud and logs. To get
in or out, people used a ladder through a hole in the roof that
doubled as a smoke vent-unpleasant for humans but a good way to keep
animals out. You can see several excavated pit houses at the
550 Aryabhata (b.476), Indian
astronomer and mathematician, died. The Aryabhatiya, an astronomical
treatise, is the magnum opus and only extant work of Aryabhata.
c550 Japanese rulers allow
their subjects to practice the Buddhist faith.
550 Persians reasserted
control over all of what is now Afghanistan. Revolts by various
Afghan tribes followed.
550-577 The Northern Qi dynasty ruled in China. A
wall parallel to the Great Wall in the Jinshanling area is
attributed to their rule.
(SFC, 2/9/06, p.E4)
550-730 Ancient Turkic people flourished in
Mongolia during this period.
(Arch, 1/06, p.19)
550-1200 The period of Irish Monasticism.
552 Jul 10, Origin of Armenian
552 Aug 5, In Italy snow fell
in the town of Panicale in Umbria. The Church of the Virgin of Snows
commemorated the rare event.
(SFEM, 10/12/97, p.49)
552 Agents from Byzantium
impersonating monks smuggled silkworms and mulberry leaves out of
China in hollow canes.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)(Econ, 8/23/08, p.51)
553-578 Moon-Jaguar, the tenth Mayan ruler of
Copan, reigned over this period.
(Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.28)
554 Aug 14, Ravenna became the
seat of the Byzantine military governor in Italy.
555 Jun 7, Vigilius ended his
reign as Catholic Pope (537-555).
(PTA, 1980, p.118)(SC, 6/7/02)
556 Feb 21, Maximianus van
Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), died.
556 Apr 16, Pelagius I began
his reign as Catholic Pope.
c556 Dionysius Exiguus,
Scythian monk, died. He devised the current system of reckoning the
(WUD, 1994, p.405)
558 May 7, The dome of the
church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapsed. Its immediate
rebuilding was ordered by Justinian.
560 Emperor Justinian about
this time returned the treasure of Jerusalem, plundered by the
Romans in 70AD, to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
(SFC, 10/23/06, p.A15)
561 Mar 4, Pelagius I, Italian
Catholic Pope (556-61), died.
(PTA, 1980, p.120)
561 Jul, John III was
(PTA, 1980, p.122)
562 Belisarius stood trial in
Constantinople on a charge of corruption. The charge is presumed to
have been trumped-up and modern research suggests that his former
secretary Procopius of Caesarea may have judged his case. Belisarius
was found guilty and imprisoned but not long after, Justinian
pardoned him, ordered his release, and restored him to favor at the
imperial court. Belisarius and Justinian, whose partnership had
increased the size of the empire by 45 percent died within a few
months of each other in 565.
562 Tikal in Guatemala was
conquered possibly by the Mayans of Calakmul city in Mexico.
Calakmul is one of the largest of Mayan cities with more than 6,000
structures. It was the capital of a widespread hegemony of Lowland
Maya kingdoms during the Late Classic (600-900).
(AM, May/Jun 97 suppl. p.G)(Arch, 9/00, p.27)
562 Mayans from the city of Ah
Witz Na, in what is now Belize, conquered Tikal.
(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.T3)
563 The Irish Catholic monk
Columba (Colum Cille) arrived on the Scottish island of Iona. [see
(SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)(AM, 7/01, p.51)
563 A tsunami devastated
Geneva. It was generated by a massive rockfall on what was called
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.79)
563-594 In northern Peru a 30-year mega el nino
weather period began that caused major flooding in areas populated
by the Moche people.
565 Mar, Flavius Belisarius
(b.c500), military commander of the Byzantine Empire, died. He was
instrumental in the reconquest of much of the Mediterranean
territory of the former Western Roman Empire, which had been lost
less than a century before.
565 Aug 22, St. Columba
reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness.
565 Nov 14, Justinian I,
[Petrus Sabbatius], Byzantine emperor (527-565), died at age 83.
570 Jan 19, Mohammed (d.632),
"The Prophet", founder of Islam and speaker in the “Koran," was born
into the Quraysh tribe in Makkah. He was orphaned at an early age
and found work in a trade caravan. He married a wealthy widow and
this gave him the freedom to visit Mount Hira each year to think.
His birthday is observed on the 12th day of Rabi ul'Awwal, the 3rd
month of the lunar calendar, in a festival known as Mawlid-al-Nabi.
The Koran was probably not fixed for the 1st two centuries after the
emergence of Islam.
(ATC, p.59)(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/15/01,
p.A16)(Econ, 4/28/07, p.97)
570 John Philoponus (b.490), a
Christian and Aristotelian commentator (aka John of Alexandria
or John the Grammarian), died.
573 Aug 20, Gregory of Tours
was selected as the bishop of Tours.
573 In Copan the Rosalila
structure on the Acropolis culminated a period of intense
(NG, 12/97, p.92)
574 Jul 13, Pope John III died.
(PTA, 1980, p.122)
574 Prince Shotoku was born in
Japan. He later brought the Kongo family from Korea to Osaka and had
them build a Buddhist temple. The temple took 15 years to build and
the Kongo family became established as the premier temple builders
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R46)
575 Jun 2, Benedict I began his
reign as Catholic Pope.
578 Oct 5, Justinus II,
Byzantine emperor (565-78), died.
578 The family business Kongo
Gumi was founded in Japan by a Korean in Osaka to build Buddhist
temples. The company continued to flourish in 2010 as general
(Econ, 12/18/04, p.104)(Econ, 11/20/10, SR p.9)
579 Jul 30, Pope Benedict I
(PTA, 1980, p.124)
580 Pope Pelagius left married
priests alone if they kept their wives and children from inheriting
(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)
580-728 Pallava kings ruled in southern India,
later Tamil Nadu state. The port town of Mahabalipuram was the
capital of their ancient kingdom.
581-618 The Sui Dynasty ruled in China. The "Sui
Shu" are the annals of the Sui Dynasty and mention of cormorant
fishing in Japan is made.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 214)(SFEC, 8/11/96, Z1,
p.6)(NH, 10/98, p.69)
587 Nov 28, Treaty of Andelot:
King Guntram took cousin Childebert II as heir.
589 Mar 1, Saint David
(b.~500), Welsh Bishop, died about this time. He was later regarded
as a saint and as the patron saint of Wales. The Annales Cambriae
has his death at 601, which would move his birth date forward. His
mother was Non (also Nonna or Nonnita), according to Christian
589 Japanese official
diplomatic delegations were sent to China (during the Sui dynasty)
to learn Chinese culture, including Chinese court music, Gagaku
590 Feb 7, Pelagius II, Gothic
Pope (579-90), died from plague.
590 Sep 3, St. Gregory I began
his reign as Pope. Gregory the Great reigned until 604 and
established the popes as the de facto rulers of central Italy, and
strengthened the papal primacy over the Churches of the West.
(CU, 6/87)(MC, 9/3/01)
590 St. Elijah's Monastery, aka
Dair Mar Elia, was completed in Mosul. It was named after Assyrian
Christian monk St. Elijah, who began the construction in 582. In
2014 the Christian monastery was destroyed by the Islamic State.
(AP, 1/20/16)(SFC, 1/21/16, p.A4)
590 Pope Gregory said he
spotted an angel atop Hadrian’s Mausoleum. The site was then
reconfigured as a fortress called Castel Sant’Angelo. In 1925 it
became a national museum.
(SSFC, 5/1/05, p.F8)
590 Pope Gregory I revised an
earlier list to form the more common Seven Deadly Sins, by folding
sorrow/despair into acedia, vainglory into pride, and adding
extravagance and envy, while removing fornication from the list
(Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth). In the order
used by both Pope Gregory and by Dante Alighieri in his epic poem
The Divine Comedy, the seven deadly sins are as follows: 1. luxuria
(extravagance/lust) 2. gula (gluttony) 3. avaritia (avarice/greed)
4. acedia (acedia/discouragement/sloth) 5. ira (anger/wrath) 6.
invidia (envy) 7. superbia (pride).
592-710 The Asuka Period of Japanese history.
593-622 The Regency of Prince Shotoku on Japan.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 214)
594 In Japan wood for the
five-storey pagoda of the Temple of the Flourishing Law in Nara
prefecture was felled about this time. Construction of the temple is
believed to have begun soon after. In 2016 it was one of the world’s
oldest wooden buildings.
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.66)
594 In Peru a 30-year drought
began about this time that followed years of flooding in areas
populated by the Moche people.
598-658 Chu Suilang: Tang Dynasty calligrapher.
(SFC, 5/14/03, p.D1)