550s

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The 550s decade ran from January 1, 550, to December 31, 559.

Events

550

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
Asia
Americas

By topic

Arts and sciences
Religion

551

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Persia
Asia

By topic

Arts and sciences

552

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Asia

By topic

Religion

553

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
  • Gothic War: Frankish invasion — Two Frankish-Alemanni dukes, brothers Lothair and Buccelin, cross the Alps from Germany with a force of 75,000 men, mostly Frankish infantry. In the Po Valley, they win an easy victory over a much smaller Byzantine force at Parma, and are joined by remnants of the Gothic armies, bringing the total strength of the invaders to about 90,000 men. Narses, gathering his forces as quickly as possible, marches north to harass the Franks, but is not strong enough to engage them in battle. In Samnium (Southern Italy) the brothers divide their forces: Lothaire goes down the east coast, then returns to the north, to winter in the Po Valley. Buccelin follows the west coast into Calabria, where he spends the winter — his army being seriously wasted by attrition and disease.
Asia

By topic

Religion

554

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Asia

By topic

Religion

555

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain
Persia
Asia

By topic

Arts and sciences
Religion

556

By place

Europe
Britain
Persia

By topic

Religion

557

By place

Europe
Asia

By topic

Religion

558

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Asia

By topic

Religion

559

By place

Byzantine Empire
Britain
Asia