500s (decade)

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The 500s decade ran from January 1, 500, to December 31, 509.

Events

500

By place

Byzantine Empire


Europe
Africa
Asia
Mesoamerica
  • Tikal is founded (approximate date).
  • Uxmal is founded (approximate date).

By topic

Religion

501

By place

Britannia
Europe
Asia
Mesoamerica

By topic

Medicine
Religion
  • Pope Symmachus, accused of various crimes by secular authorities who support an ecclesiastical opponent, asserts that the secular ruler has no jurisdiction over him. A synod held in 502 will confirm that view.

502

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
China

By topic

Arts and sciences
  • The Persian philosopher Mazdak declares private property to be the source of all evil.
Literature
Religion

503

Byzantine Empire

Palestine

Europe

504

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Mesoamerica
  • A major expansion of Copán's ceremonial center, the Acropolis complex, is undertaken by B'alam Nehn (Waterlily Jaguar), the seventh ruler (ajaw) of the southeastern Maya city (approximate date).

By topic

Religion

505

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe

506

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe

By topic

Religion

507

By place

Eastern Roman Empire
Europe
Asia
Mesoamerica

508

By place

Byzantine Empire
Britannia
Europe

509

By place

Europe
  • Clovis I (Chlodowech) becomes the first Catholic king of the Franks, uniting all the Frankish tribes under his rule. He controls an immense territory in Gaul (modern France), and delivers a major blow for the Church against the Arian heresy.