500 (D) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display
the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known
as the Year of the Consulship of Patricius and Hypatius (or, less
frequently, year 1253 Ab urbe condita). The denomination
500 for this
year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno
Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming
years. The year
500 is considered the beginning of the Middle Ages.
Emperor Anastasius I concludes treaties with a number of nomad tribes
in northern Arabia. In return for tribute to the
Byzantine Empire and
military defense of these eastern territories, such tribes are
permitted to settle and farm agricultural lands in Arabia (approximate
Possible date for the Battle of Mons Badonicus: Romano-British and
Celts defeat an Anglo-Saxon army, that may have been led by the
Aelle of Sussex
Aelle of Sussex or possibly
Cerdic of Wessex
Cerdic of Wessex (approximate
date; suggested dates range from 490 to 517). This battle may have
influenced the legend of King Arthur.
Possible date at which
Fergus Mór begins his reign – the
historicity of Mór is doubtful.
Approximate beginning of the
Heptarchy period in the history of
Approximate year of the founding of the Kingdom of Essex.
Battle of Dijon: A coalition of
Burgundians crush the
forces under Gundobad. King
Clovis I pursues him to Avignon, where he
surrenders and promises to pay a yearly tribute.
The Frankish Kingdom is formed (approximate date).
The monument of
Ale's Stones is built in
Sweden (approximate date).
Roman catacomb burials end (approximate date).
Thrasamund, king of the Vandals, marries
Amalafrida (widowed sister of
Theodoric the Great). She brings with her a large dowry and an elite
Gothic force of 5,000 soldiers.
Traders from southern Arabia settle in northern Ethiopia.
Xuan Wu Di becomes sovereign of the
Northern Wei Dynasty
Northern Wei Dynasty (approximate
Tikal is founded (approximate date).
Uxmal is founded (approximate date).
Arian Baptistry is erected by Theodoric the Great, at the same
time as the
Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo
Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo (Ravenna).
The Codex Argenteus, Gothic manuscript of bishop Ulfilas's translation
of the Bible, is written (approximate date).
Antalas, Berber tribal leader (approximate date)
Aregund, queen of the
Franks (approximate date)
Belisarius, Byzantine general (approximate date)
Madhyamaka scholar (approximate date)
Clotilde, daughter of
Clovis I (approximate date)
David, Welsh bishop (approximate date)
Erzhu Shilong, high-official of
Northern Wei (d. 532)
Gildas, British cleric (approximate date)
Marcouf, missionary and saint (approximate date)
Nonnosus, abbot and saint (approximate date)
Octa, king of Kent (approximate date)
Procopius, Byzantine historian (approximate date)
Theodora, Byzantine Empress (approximate date)
Theudebert I, king of
Austrasia (or 495)
Tribonian, Byzantine jurist (approximate date)
Xie He, Chinese writer and art historian (approximate date)
March 29 – Gwynllyw, Welsh king and religious figure
Dauí Tenga Uma, king of
Zu Chongzhi, Chinese mathematician (b. 429)
^ Gregory of Tours, History, 2.32
^ Peter Heather, The
Goths (Oxford: Blackw