600s (decade)
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600s Decade

The 600s decade ran from January 1, 600, to December 31, 609.

Events

600

By place

Europe
Britain
Asia
  • The first of the Japanese embassies to Imperial China is sent (approximate date).
  • The Persians begin to use windmills for irrigation (approximate date).
  • Namri Songtsen becomes the new king of Tibet (approximate date).
  • Chaturanga is played in its current form in India (approximate date).
  • Yangdi, a Sui emperor, extends the Grand Canal. He reportedly assumes power by poisoning his father. Ma Shu-mou, aka Mahu, was one of the canal overseers and was said to have eaten a steamed 2-year-old child each day he worked on the canal. On completion the canal extended for 1,100 miles. 5.5 million people were pressed into service to complete the 1,550 mile canal.
  • Quill pens, made from the outer feathers of crows and other large birds, became popular. The first books are printed in China.
  • The oldest inscription in Mon language dated from 600 AD. later found at Wat Phorang, Thailand.
  • Mu becomes king of the Korean kingdom of Baekje.[7]
Mesoamerica
Pacific Ocean

By topic

Arts and sciences
Religion
World
  • The population of the Earth rises to about 208 million people (approximate date).

601

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe

By topic

Arts and sciences
Agriculture
  • Food production increases in northern and Western Europe as a result of agricultural technology introduced by the Slavs, who employ a lightweight plow with a knife blade (coulter), that cuts deep into the soil at grassroots level, together with a shaped board, or "moldboard", that moves the cut soil to one side.
Religion

602

By place

Byzantine Empire
  • Emperor Maurice succeeds in winning over the Avars to Byzantine rule, but his campaigns against the Avars, Lombards, Persians and Slavs drain the imperial treasury, requiring an increase in taxes. He orders the troops to stay for winter beyond the Danube, but a mutiny breaks out under Phocas. He brings the Byzantine forces back over the Danube and marches on to Constantinople.[11]
  • November 27 – A civil war breaks out and Phocas enters Constantinople. Maurice is captured trying to escape; he is forced to witness the slaughter of his five sons and all his supporters, and is then executed (beheaded) after a 20-year reign. His wife, Constantina, and his three daughters are spared, and sent to a monastery. Phocas is proclaimed the new emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Byzantine-Persian War: King Khosrau II launches an offensive against Constantinople, to avenge Maurice's death, his "friend and father", and tries to reconquer Byzantine territory. Narses, governor of Upper Mesopotamia, rebels against Phocas at the city of Edessa and requests aid from the Persians. Khosrau sends an expeditionary force to Armenia and crosses the Euphrates.
Europe
Persia
Asia

By topic

Religion

603

By place

Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion

604

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion

605

By place

Byzantine Empire
Britain
Persia
Asia
Mesoamerica

606

By place

Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion
  • February 22Sabinian dies at Rome after a two-year reign, and will not be replaced until 607.
  • The diocese of Aquileia becomes a patriarchate (approximate date).
  • Mennonite - Birth year of Menno Simons' earliest known relative. Immortalized as Song #606. Title - "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow" in The Mennonite Hymnal (the red one) also known as the Doxology (Dedication Anthem) by Thomas Ken, 1709. Tune possibly by Samuel Stanley, d. 1822. Key - A Major. Generally sung spontaneously by groups of Mennonites whenever two or three (preferably four) are gathered. Re-numbered 118 in the blue Hymnal, but definitely still referred to as 606 by Orthodox Mennonites.

607

By place

Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion

608

By place

Byzantine Empire
Europe
Britain
Asia

By topic

Religion

609

By place

Byzantine Empire
Persia
Asia

By topic

Religion

Significant people

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References

  1. ^ McNeill, William H, "Plagues and Peoples". (Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, New York 1977)
  2. ^ McEvedy, Colin, "The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History". (Rupert Hart-Davis and Crowell-Collier, U.S.A. 1978)
  3. ^ Trager, James, "The Peoples Chronology". (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1979)
  4. ^ Sawyer P.H., "Kings & Vikings A.D, 600-1100". (Methuen, London & New York, 1982)
  5. ^ Tvauri, Andres (2012). The Migration Period, Pre-Viking Age, and Viking Age in Estonia. p. 29. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ McVedy, Colin, "The Penguin Atlas of Ancient History". (Fletcher & Son Ltd., Norwich, England 1967)
  7. ^ a b "List of Rulers of Korea". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Tannahill, Reay, "Food in History". (Stein & Day, New York 1973)
  9. ^ Roger Collins, "Visigothic Spain 409-711", (Blackwell Publishing,2004, p.73
  10. ^ Ann Christys, "Christians in Al-Andalus, 711-1000", p. 37 (Curzon Press, 2002). ISBN 0-7007-1564-9
  11. ^ The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century (1991), John V. A. Fine, Jr, p. 33. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3
  12. ^ The "Latin Library". Ad Fontes Academy, (2008)
  13. ^ Roger Collins, "Visigothic Spain 409-711", p. 73
  14. ^ Jeffrey Richards. The Popes and the Papacy in the Early Middle Ages, 476-752, p. 246
  15. ^ The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century (1991), John V.A. Fine, Jr, p. 33. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3
  16. ^ Essential Histories: Rome at War AD 293-696 (2002), Michael Whitby, p. 60. ISBN 1-84176-359-4
  17. ^ Bede, "Historia Ecclesiastica", I.34, III.6; "Historia Brittonum", chapter 61
  18. ^ Geoffrey Hindley, A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons: "The beginnings of the English nation" New York: Carrol & Graf Publishers (2006), p. 33-36. ISBN 978-0-7867-1738-5
  19. ^ W.G. Aston, trans., Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697, 2 vols. in 1 (London: Keagan and Co., 1896), vol. 2, p. 128-133
  20. ^ Ajen Yohl Mat
  21. ^ "Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens" by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube
  22. ^ ASC Parker MS. AD 607
  23. ^ Essential Histories: Rome at War AD 293-696 (2002), Michael Whitby, p. 60. ISBN 1-84176-359-4
  24. ^ Kaegi 2003, p. 41
  25. ^ MacDonald 1976, p. 18
  26. ^ Wade, Geoff (2014). Asian Expansions: The Historical Experiences of Polity Expansion in Asia. Routledge. p. 77. ISBN 9781135043537.
  27. ^ The Oxford companion to Scottish history. Oxford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 9780199693054.

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