540s

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The 540s decade ran from January 1, 540, to December 31, 549.

Events

540

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
Africa
Asia

By topic

Religion
World

541

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
Asia

By topic

Religion

542

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe

By topic

Religion
Literature

543

By place

Europe
Africa
Persia
Asia

By topic

Learning
Religion

544

By place

Byzantine Empire
Persia
Africa
  • Battle of Cillium: A Byzantine army under Solomon is defeated by the Moors on the border of Numidia. Solomon and his bodyguard are forced to retreat and are later killed.[16][17]
Asia
  • February – Lý Bí is declared emperor and establishes the empire Van Xuân (modern Vietnam). His armies repel attacks from the kingdom of Champa.
  • October – The Liang dynasty retaliates against Van Xuân, and sends an imperial army (120,000 men) under Chen Baxian to re-occupy the region.

By topic

Religion

545

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Asia
Persia

By topic

Religion

546

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Americas

By topic

Religion

547

By place

Europe
Britain
Africa
Asia

By topic

Religion

548

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
  • Lazic War: King Gubazes II revolts against the Persians, and requests aid from Justinian I. He sends a Byzantine expeditionary force (8,000 men) to Lazica (modern Georgia).
  • Gubazes II besieges the fortress of Petra, located on the Black Sea. The Persian army under Mermeroes defeats a small Byzantine force guarding the mountain passes, and relieves Petra.
  • Mermeroes stations a garrison of 3,000 men in the stronghold of Petra, and marches to Armenia. The Persians, lacking sufficient supplies, secure the supply routes and plunder Lazica.
Africa
Asia

By topic

Commerce
Religion

549

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
Asia

By topic

Religion