520s

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The 520s decade ran from January 1, 520, to December 31, 529.

Events

520

By place

Byzantine Empire
Britannia
Europe
Asia

By topic

Religion

521

By place

Byzantine Empire
Arabia
  • Ma`adikarib Ya`fur becomes king, supported by the Aksumites; he begins a military campaign against the Arabian tribes.

By topic

Music
Religion

522

By place

Europe
Arabia
  • Dhu Nuwas seizes the throne of the Himyarite Kingdom in Yemen. He attacks the Aksumite garrison at Zafar, capturing the city and burning the churches.
  • Dhū Nuwas moves to Najran, an Aksumite stronghold. After accepting the city's capitulation, he massacres the Christian inhabitants (some sources estimate a death toll up to 20,000).

523

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Africa
Asia

By topic

Religion

524

By place

Europe
Mesoamerica

525

By place

Byzantine Empire
Britannia
Europe
Africa
Asia
  • The Daisan river, tributary of the Euphrates, floods Edessa, and within a couple of hours fills the entire city, except for the highest parts. Eventually the pent-up waters break through the city walls. The Shroud of Turin is allegedly discovered during the rebuilding of the city (see Image of Edessa).

By topic

Exploration and colonization
Religion

526

By place

Europe
Persia
Middle East

By topic

Religion

527

By place

Byzantine Empire
  • April 1 – Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler, as an incurable wound saps his strength.
  • August 1 – Justin I, age 77, dies at Constantinople and is succeeded by Justinian I, who becomes sole emperor.
  • Justinian I reorganises the command structure of the Byzantine army, and fields a small but highly trained army.
  • Justinian I appoints Belisarius to command the Eastern army in Armenia and on the Byzantine-Persian frontier.
Britannia
Japan

By topic

Religion

528

By place

Byzantine Empire
Asia

By topic

Religion

529

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Arabia
Mesoamerica
Southeast Asia

By topic

Education
Religion