Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 5th century · 6th century · 7th century
Decades: 500s 510s 520s 530s 540s
550s 560s 570s 580s 590s
Categories: BirthsDeaths

The 6th century is the period from 501 to 600 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian Era. This century is widely considered to mark the end of Classical Antiquity and the beginning of the Dark Ages.


Map of the world in AD 500

Following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire late in the previous century, Europe fractured into many small Germanic Kingdoms, which competed constantly for land and wealth. From this upheaval the Franks finally became, and carved out a sizeable domain encompassing much of modern France and Germany. Meanwhile, the surviving Eastern Roman Empire began to expand under the emperor Justinian, who eventually recaptured North Africa from the Vandals, and attempted to fully recover Italy as well in the hope of re-establishing Roman control over the lands once ruled by the Western Roman Empire. Following Justinian's death, most of his gains were lost. The Sassanid Empire reached the peak of its power under Khosrau I in the 6th century. [1]

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This Buddhist stela from China, Northern Wei period, was built in the early 6th century.

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  1. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.
  2. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.

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