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500s BC facts for kids

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 7th century BC6th century BC5th century BC
Decades: 530s BC 520s BC 510s BC500s BC – 490s BC 480s BC 470s BC
Years: 509 BC 508 BC 507 BC 506 BC 505 BC 504 BC 503 BC 502 BC 501 BC 500 BC
Categories: Births – Deaths – Architecture


  • 509 BC -the Roman Republic starts.
  • 509 BC, September 13 - The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides (15th) of September.
  • 508 BC - Office of pontifex maximus made in Rome
  • 507 BC - Cleisthenes, Greek reformer, takes power and increases democracy
  • 506 BC - Battle of Bai ju: Forces of the Kingdom of Wu under Sun Tzu defeat the forces of Chu
  • 505 BC - First pair of Roman consuls elected
  • 502 BC - December 4: Solar eclipse darkens Egypt. (we think this because of scientific pattern, no clear historical record of observation)
  • 502 BC - The Latin League defeats the Etruscans under Lars Porsenna at Aricia.
  • 502 BC - Naxos rebels against Persian domination sparking the Ionian Revolt.
  • 501 BC - Cleisthenes reforms democracy in Athens.
  • 501 BC - Naxos is attacked by the Persian Empire.
  • 501 BC - because of threats by the Sabines, Rome makes the office of dictator.
  • 501 BC - Confucius is made governor of Chung-tu.
  • 501 BC - Gadir (present-day Cádiz) is captured by Carthage. (approximate date)
  • 500 BC - Bantu-speaking people come into south-west Uganda from the west. (approximate date)
  • 500 BC - Refugees from Teos resettle Abdera.
  • 500 BC - Darius I of Persia proclaims that Aramaic be the official language of the western half of his empire
  • 500 BC - the end of the Nordic Bronze Age civilization in Oscar Montelius periodization system and the start of the Pre-Roman Iron Age
  • 500 BC - the first republic in Vaishali Bihar India starts.
  • c. 500 BC—Yayoi period starts in Ancient Japan.
  • c. 500 BC—Oldest known Zapotec writing.
  • The Gutaii tribe began around this time, in Middle and Southern Africa.

Significant people


  • Lucretia, Roman noblewoman
  • Lucius Junius Brutus, Roman consul (509 BC)
  • Aruns Tarquinius, Roman prince (509 BC)
  • Shen Yin Shu, general of Chu, (506 BC)
  • Titus Junius Brutus, Roman noble and monarchist conspiractor
  • Tiberius Junius Brutus, Roman noble and monarchist conspiractor

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