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The 5th century
5th century
is the time period from 401
to 500
in accordance with the Julian calendar
Julian calendar
in Anno Domini
Anno Domini
/ Common Era. The 5th century
5th century
is noted for being a time of repeated disaster and instability both internally and externally for the Western Roman Empire, which finally collapsed, and came to an end in 476
AD. The Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
was ruled by a succession of weak emperors, and true power began to fall increasingly into the hands of powerful generals. Internal instability and the pressing military problem of foreign invaders resulted in the ransacking of Rome
by a Visigoth
army in 410. Some recovery took place during the following decades, but the Western Empire received another serious blow when a second barbarian group, the Vandals, occupied Carthage, capital of the extremely important province of Africa. Attempts to retake the province were interrupted by the invasion of the Huns
under Attila. After Attila's defeat, both Eastern and Western empires joined forces for a final assault on Vandal
North Africa, but this campaign was a spectacular failure. In the far east, a lot of nomadic barbarian tribes northern to China
immigrated into the central part of China
and established a series of dynasties, which launched a 300-year division of China
between the north and the south and long-lasting wars.


1 Events 2 Significant people 3 Inventions, discoveries, introductions 4 References


Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor

– 415: Chandragupta II
Chandragupta II
reigns over the golden age of the Gupta Empire. 399
– 412: The Chinese Buddhist
monk Faxian
sails through the Indian Ocean and travels throughout Sri Lanka and India to gather Buddhist scriptures. 401: Kumarajiva, a Buddhist
monk and translator of sutras into Chinese, arrives in Chang'an Early 5th century
5th century
– Baptistry of Neon, Ravenna, Italy, is built. 5th century
5th century
- North Acropolis, Tikal, Guatemala, is built. Maya culture. 405: Mesrop Mashtots
Mesrop Mashtots
introduces number 36 of the 38 letters of the newly created Armenian Alphabet 406: The eastern frontier of the Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
collapses as waves of Suebi, Alans, and Vandals
cross the then frozen river Rhine near Mainz
and enter Gaul. 407: Constantine III leads many of the Roman military units from Britain to Gaul
and occupies Arles
(Arelate). This is generally seen as Rome's withdrawal from Britain. 410: Rome
ransacked by the Visigoths
led by King Alaric. 411: Suebi
establish the first independent Christian kingdom of Western Europe in Gallaecia. 413: St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, begins to write The City of God. 415
– 455: Kumaragupta, Gupta emperor 420: The Jin dynasty comes to an end by Liu Yu. 420
– 589: Northern and Southern dynasties
Northern and Southern dynasties
in China. 426: K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'
K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'
re-established Copan.


430: The Ilopango volcano erupts, thereby devastating the Mayan cities in present-day El Salvador. 431: First Council of Ephesus, the third ecumenical council which upholds the title Theotokos
or "mother of God", for Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. 439: Vandals
conquer Carthage. At some point after 440, the Anglo-Saxons
settle in Britain. The traditional story is that they were invited there by Vortigern. 450: Historical linguist Albert C. Baugh dates Old English
Old English
from around this year.[1] 450: Several stone inscriptions were made witness to edicts from West Java. Amongst others, the Tugu inscription
Tugu inscription
announced decrees of Purnavarman, the King of Tarumanagara, one of the earliest Hindu kingdoms of Java.[2] (up until the year 669) 451: Council of Chalcedon, the fourth ecumenical council which taught Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
as one divine person in two natures. 451: The Persians declare war on the Armenians. 451: The Huns
under Attila
facing the Romans and the Visigoths
are defeated in the Battle of Chalons.[3] 452: The Metropolis
of Aquileia
is destroyed by Attila
the Hun
and his army. 452: Pope Leo I
Pope Leo I
meets in person with Attila
on the Mincio
River and convinces him not to ransack Rome. 453: Death of Attila. The Hun
Empire is divided between Atilla's sons. 454: Battle of Nedao. Germanic tribes destroy the main Hun
army and do away with the Hun
domination. 455: Vandals
Sack Rome. 455: The city of Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza
is founded in Mexico. 455
– 467: Skandagupta, the last great Gupta emperor 469: Death of Dengizich, last Khan of the Hun
Empire. 470: Riothamus, King of the Britons, helps the Roman Emperor
in Brittany
against the Visigoths. 476: Deposition of Romulus Augustulus
Romulus Augustulus
by Odoacer: traditional date for the Fall of Rome
in the West. 477
or 495: Chan Buddhists found the Shaolin Monastery
Shaolin Monastery
on Mount Song in Henan, China. 480: Assassination of Julius Nepos, the last de jure Emperor
of the Western Roman Empire, in Dalmatia. 481: Clovis I
Clovis I
becomes King of the Western Franks
Western Franks
upon the death of Childeric I. 482: This year, the territory of modern Ukraine
established Kiev. [4] 486: Clovis defeats Syagrius
and conquers the last free remnants of the Western Roman Empire. 490: (approximate date) Battle of Mount Badon. According to legend, British forces led by Arthur defeated the invading Saxons. 491: King Clovis I
Clovis I
defeats and subjugates the Kingdom of Thuringia
in Germany. 493: Theodoric the Great
Theodoric the Great
ousts Odoacer
to become King of Italy. 494: Northern Gaul
is united under the Frankish King Clovis I, founder of the Merovingian dynasty. 496: Battle of Tolbiac. King Clovis subjugates the Alamanni, and is baptized as a Catholic with a large number of Franks by Remigius, bishop of Reims. Buddhism
reaches Burma
and Indonesia. African and Indonesian settlers reach Madagascar. The Hopewell tradition
Hopewell tradition
comes to an end in North America. Tbilisi
was founded by King Vakhtang Gorgasali.

Significant people[edit]

Aegidius, Gallo-Roman warlord, founder of the Kingdom of Soissons
Kingdom of Soissons
(d. 464/465, reigned 457-464/465). Aelia Eudoxia, Roman Empress (before 385-404). Aetius, Roman magister militum, considered the last of the great Roman generals (391-454). Alaric I, King of the Visigoths, primarily known for the Sack of Rome in 410
(c. 370/375-410, reigned 395-410). Alaric II, King of the Visigoths
in Toulouse (c. 458/466-507, reigned 484-507). Ambrosius Aurelianus, war leader of the Romano-British. Anastasius I Dicorus, Roman Emperor
(c. 431-518, reigned 491-518). Anthemius, Roman politician, Praetorian prefect of the East, de facto regent (possibly d. 414). Primarily remembered for constructing the Theodosian_Walls. Anthemius, Roman Emperor
(c. 420-472, reigned 467-472). Arcadius, Roman Emperor
(377-408, reigned 383-408). Ariadne, Roman Empress (c. 450-515). Arvandus, Roman politician, Praetorian prefect of Gaul, and alleged usurper. Aspar, Eastern Roman general and politician (c. 400-471). Ataulf, King of the Visigoths
(c. 370-415, reigned 411-415). Attila, King of the Huns Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, theologian Avitus, Roman Emperor
(c. 380/395-456/457, reigned 455-456). Bahram V, Sassanid
Shah of Persia Basiliscus, Roman Emperor
(d. 476/477, reigned 475-476). Basiliscus, Roman Caesar (reigned 476-477/478). Batuo, first abbot of the Shaolin Monastery Bodhidharma, founder of Chan Buddhism Bonifacius, Roman comes and general, in charge of the Diocese of Africa
(d. 432). Burdunellus, Roman usurper (d. 496, reigned 496). Castinus, Roman patricius, general, and politician. Chandragupta II, (380-415) Gupta Emperor John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople Clovis I, King of the Franks (c. 466-511, reigned 481-511). The first Frankish King to unite the Franks; first Barbarian King to convert to Catholicism. Constans II, Roman Emperor
(d. 411, reigned 409-411). Constantine III, Roman Emperor
(d. 411, reigned 407-411). Constantius III, Roman Emperor
(d. 421, reigned 421). Cyril of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria, theologian Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria Euric, King of the Visigoths
(c. 440-484, reigned 466-484). Faxian, Chinese Buddhist
monk Fan Ye, Chinese historian Galla Placidia, Roman Empress and regent (388-450, reigned 423-437). Gelasius, Bishop of Rome Genseric, King of the Vandals
and founder of the Vandal
Kingdom in North Africa
(c. 389-477, reigned 428-477). Gerontius, Roman general and rebel (d. 411). Glycerius, Roman Emperor
(c. 420- after 480, reigned 473-474). Goar, King of the Alans
(before 390-c. 450, reigned 406-c. 450). Gratian, Roman usurper (d. 407, reigned 407). Gunderic, King of the Vandals
(379-428, reigned 407-428). Gundobad, Roman Patrician and later King of the Burgundians (c. 452-516, reigned 473-516). Gunthamund, King of the Vandals, ruler of the Vandal
Kingdom (c. 450-496, reigned 484-496). Gunther, King of the Burgundians (d. 437, reigned c. 407-437). Known primarily for conflicts with the Western Roman Empire
Western Roman Empire
and the Huns. He was remembered in medieval legend and he appears as a mythologized figure in the Nibelungenlied. Heraclianus, Roman provincial governor and usurper (d. 413, reigned 412-413). Honorius, Roman Emperor
(384-423, reigned 393-423). Huiyuan, Chinese Buddhist Huneric, King of the Vandals, ruler of the Vandal
Kingdom (d. 484, reigned 477-484). Hypatia of Alexandria, woman philosopher Illus, Byzantine general and rebel (d. 488). Jerome, Christian hermit, priest, Latin
translator of the Bible and author of theological works. Joannes, Roman usurper (d. 425, reigned 423-425). John Cassian, Christian monk and theologian Jovinus, Gallo-Roman senator and usurper (d. 413, reigned 411-413). Julius Nepos, Roman Emperor
(c. 430-480, reigned 474-480). Justa, Byzantine rebel, leader of a Samaritan revolt (reigned 484). Kālidāsa, Great Sanskrit poet[5] K'inich Popol Hol, Ruler of Copan
437-455 K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo', Ruler of Copan
426-437 Ku Ix, Ruler of Copan
465-476 Kumaragupta
I, Gupta emperor Kumarajiva, (344-413), Kuchean Buddhist
monk and Chinese translator Muyal Jol, Ruler of Copan
485-504 Leo I, Bishop of Rome, theologian Leo I the Thracian, Roman Emperor
(401-474, reigned 457-474). Leo II, Roman Emperor
(467-474, reigned 474). Leontius, Byzantine usurper and rebel (d. 488, reigned 484-488). Libius Severus, Roman Emperor
(c. 420-465, reigned 461-465). Longinus, Byzantine politician and rebel, instigator of the Isaurian War. Longinus of Cardala, Byzantine politician and rebel, fought in the Isaurian War (d. 497). Majorian, Roman Emperor
(c. 420-461, reigned 457-461). Marcian, Roman Emperor
(392-457, reigned 450-457). Marcian, Byzantine usurper (reigned c. 479-484). Marcus, Roman usurper (d. 407, reigned 406-407). Marcus, Roman Caesar and briefly co-emperor (d. 476, reigned 475-476). Masties, Roman-Berber ruler in North Africa. Maximus of Hispania, Roman usurper (d. 422, reigned 409-411, 419-421). Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian monk Nestorius, Archbishop of Constantinople, father of Nestorian heresy Niall Noigiallach, founder of one of Ireland's greatest dynasties Odoacer, Scirian general, later King of Italy
(433-493, reigned 476-493). Olybrius, Roman Emperor
(d. 472, reigned 472). Orestes, Roman general and politician (d. 476). Palladius, Roman Caesar (c. 420-455, reigned 455). Patricius, Roman Caesar (reigned 470-471). Patrick, (Patricius) Catholic Bishop, missionary to Ireland Pei Songzhi, Chinese historian Pelagius, Catholic priest; father of Pelagianism Petronius Maximus, Roman Emperor
(c. 396-455, reigned 455). Priscus Attalus, Roman usurper (d. after 416, reigned 409, 414-415). Pulcheria, Roman Empress and regent (398/399-453, reigned 414-453). Rechiar, King of Galicia (d. 456, reigned 448-456). Ricimer, Western Roman general, politician, and ruler (c. 405-472). Riothamus, King of the Britons, a candidate for the legendary King Arthur Romanus, Roman usurper (d. 470, reigned 470). Romulus Augustulus, Roman Emperor
(c. 461- after 507, reigned 475-476). Tyrannius Rufinus, priest of Aquileia, hermit, Latin
translator Sebastianus, Roman usurper (d. 413, reigned 412-413). Skandagupta, Gupta emperor Socrates Scholasticus, Byzantine Church historian Sozomen, Christian church historian Stilicho, Roman magister militum, de facto regent of the Western Roman Empire (c. 359-408). Syagrius, Roman military commander, last ruler of the Kingdom of Soissons (430-486/487, reigned 464-486). Theoderic the Great, king of the Ostrogoths and ruler of Italy (454-526, reigned 475-526). Theodoric II, King of the Visigoths
(c. 426-466, reigned 453-466). Theodosius II, Roman Emperor
(401-450, reigned 408-450). Valentinian III, Roman Emperor
(419-455, reigned 425-455). Verina, Roman Empress (d. 484). Vortigern, warlord in Sub-Roman Britain, remembered as a King of the Britons. Emperor
Xiaowen of Northern Wei, barbaric-born Chinese emperor of northern China
who promoted traditional Chinese culture. Yazdegerd I, Sassanid
Shah of Persia Zeno, Roman Emperor
(c. 425-491, reigned 474-475, 476-491). Zu Chongzhi, Chinese astronomer and mathematician

Inventions, discoveries, introductions[edit]

Horse collar
Horse collar
invented in China Heavy plow in use in Slavic lands Metal horseshoes become common in Gaul Anglo-Saxon runes
Anglo-Saxon runes
alphabet introduced in England Armenian alphabet
Armenian alphabet
created by Mesrob Mashtots c. 405


^ A History of the English Language (D. Appleton- Century
Company, 1935) ^ Taylor (2003), p. 19. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994. ^ "Kyiv's 1,530th birthday marked with fun, protest".  ^ "Kalidasa - Indian author". britannica.com. 

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