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the 6th Century A.D.


449 Angles, Saxons and Jutes begin conquest of Britian
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c. 520 Rise of mathematics in Inda: Aryabhata and Varamihara invent decimal system
529 Rule of St. Benedict regulates Western monasticism
533 Justinian restores Roman power in North Africa and Italy (552)
538 S. Sophia, Constantinople, consecrated
c. 542 Bubonic plague ravages Europe
c. 550 Buddhism introduced into Japan by way of Korea (see Japan, below)
554 [Agriculture] Italian lands taken from the Ostrogoths are restored to their original owners by Justinian's Pragmatic Sanction, but the landowners have become serfs and the depopulated farmlands revert to wilderness.
563 St. Columba founds monastery of Iona:
beginning of Irish mission to Anglo-Saxons
568 Lombard conquest of north Italy begins. (see Italy & the Balkans)
589 China reunified by Sui dynasty
590 Gregory I becomes the 64th pope (the first monk to be elected to the papacy).
597 Pope Gregory sends the monk Augustine with 40 other monks to convert the Jutes in the British Isles to Christianity. Augustine lands in Thanet, baptizes Ethelbert of Kent, and founds a Benedictine monastery at Canterbury.
598 - A population explosion begins in northern and western Europe as the new agriculture (see 598, below) increases the availability of food.
- The first English school is founded at Canterbury.



  
See also:

Gregory I
Lombards

- "What Happened in AD 570" (from "Why does the world need prophets?", religous-oriented website) {linkdate: 2005 Sept}