Population: Between 190 and 230 million*
  • Entertainment: Encyclopedia of Greek authors founded
    Musaeus writes Greek poetry
    Cassiodorus amasses collection of Greek and Latin manuscripts
    First depiction of Last Supper in mosaic in Church of St. Apolinaire
    Chess game started in India
  • Religion: Columban the younger goes on mission to France and Italy
    Crucifix first used as an ornament
  • Technology: Draw looms first used for patterned silk weaving in Egypt
    Bow and arrows adopted by plains Indians
  • Deaths: St. Benedict of Nursia the founder of monasticism


  • Nubians in Sudan become Christian
    Ghana Empire founded in W Africa


  • Toltec kingdom in Mexico continues Teotihuacan civilization


  • Japan: Buddhism introduced in Japan


  • Eastern Europe: Slav tribes settle in Mecklenburg
    Poles settle in western Galicia and Ukranians settle in eastern Galicia
  • England: Comet debris or falling fire hits Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
    Kingdoms of Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria founded
  • Franco-German States: Church bells first used in France
  • Italian States: Totilla and the Ostrogoths invade Rome again
  • Sweden: Time period of small states (Smaland) of Sweden, including Finnveden, Njudung and Varend
  • Wales: Wales converted to Christianity by St. David

Middle East

  • Byzantine Empire: Golden era of Byzantine art
  • Turkey: Westward migration of Turkish tribes (Avars) begins
    Turkish Khanates dominate central Asia