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
* Possible date for the
Battle of Mons Badonicus : Romano-British
Celts defeat an Anglo-Saxon army, that may have been led by the
Aelle of Sussex or possibly
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
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
* Roman catacomb burials end (approximate date).
Thrasamund , king of the
Vandals , marries
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
* Xuan Wu Di becomes sovereign of the
Northern Wei Dynasty
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 (
Codex Argenteus , Gothic manuscript of bishop
translation of the
Bible , is written (approximate date).
Aregund , queen of the
Franks (approximate date)
Belisarius , Byzantine general (approximate date)
Bhavyaviveka , Indian
Madhyamaka scholar (approximate date)
* Clotilde , daughter of
Clovis I (approximate date)
* David , Welsh bishop (approximate date)
Erzhu Shilong , high-official of
Northern Wei (d.
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
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.
* ^ Gregory of Tours, History, 2.32
* ^ Peter Heather, The
Goths (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996), p. 231<