610s

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The 610s decade ran from January 1, 610, to December 31, 619.

Events

610

By place

Byzantine Empire
  • October 4Heraclian revolt: Heraclius arrives with a fleet from Africa at Constantinople. Assisted by an uprising in the capital, he overthrows and personally beheads Emperor Phocas. Heraclius gains the throne with help from his father Heraclius the Elder. His first major act is to change the official language of the Eastern Roman Empire from Latin to Greek (already the language of the vast majority of the population). Because of this, after AD 610, the Empire is customarily referred to as the Byzantine Empire (the term Byzantine is a modern term invented by historians in the 18th century; the people of the Empire itself always referred to themselves as "Ρωμαῖος" — tr. Rōmaios, Roman).
Europe
Britain

By topic

Arts and sciences
  • Paper technology is imported into Japan from China by the Korean Buddhist priest, Dam Jing (approximate date).
Religion

611

By place

Persian Empire
Britain

By topic

Religion

612

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Asia
Mesoamerica

By topic

Religion

613

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion
  • Islam: Muhammad begins preaching in public. He spreads the message of Islam and encourages a personal devotion to God. Arabic leaders from Mecca oppose any change in the traditional tribal and religious customs.

614

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain

By topic

Religion

615

By place

Europe
Britain
Mesoamerica

By topic

Religion

616

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain

By topic

Religion

617

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion

618

By place

Byzantine Empire
Asia

619

By place

Byzantine Empire
Asia

By topic

Arts and sciences
Religion