490s

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The 490s decade ran from January 1, 490, to

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490

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Europe
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Agriculture
  • Corn rises to a terrible famine price, and before the end of the siege of Ravenna the inhabitants feed on the hides of animals; many of them perish of hunger.
Religion

491

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Byzantine Empire
Britannia
Europe
Asia

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Religion

492

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Byzantine Empire
Europe

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Religion

493

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Byzantine Empire
Britannia
Europe
  • February 25Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege, and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great. He steadily consolidates his rule and provides security for the local population. His achievement is to manage the transformation of Italy from being the center of a fractured Roman Empire to a successful and independent Ostrogothic Kingdom.[3]
  • Onoulphus, brother of Odoacer, is killed during the siege of Ravenna by archers while seeking refuge in a church.
  • March 15 – Odoacer is invited to a banquet organised in order to celebrate the peace treaty. During the festivities, Odoacer is killed by Theodoric the Great. His body is skillfully sliced in half in full view of his guests. A massacre of Odoacer's soldiers and supporters follows.
  • Theodoric the Great allies with the Franks and marries Audofleda, sister of Clovis I. He also marries his own female relatives to princes or kings of the Burgundians, Vandals and Visigoths, establishing a political alliance with the Germanic kingdoms in the West.
  • Clovis I marries the Burgundian princess Clotilde, age 18; she is brought up in the Catholic faith and is the daughter of King Chilperic II. Her father is murdered in the same year by his brother Gundobad.
China

494

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Byzantine Empire
China

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Religion

495

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Britannia
China

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Religion

496

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Byzantine Empire
Europe
Africa
Asia

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Religion

497

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Byzantine Empire
China
  • The Shaolin Temple (Henan) is founded (according to the Jiaqing Chongxiu Yitongzhi). For alternate founding date, see 477 or 495).

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Arts and sciences
Literature

498

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Byzantine Empire
Persia
Asia

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Religion

499

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China

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Religion