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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 7th century BC6th century BC5th century BC
Decades: 610s BC 600s BC 590s BC580s BC570s BC 560s BC 550s BC
Years: 589 BC 588 BC 587 BC 586 BC 585 BC 584 BC 583 BC 582 BC 581 BC 580 BC
Categories: Births – Deaths – Architecture
Establishments – Disestablishments

Events and trends

  • 589 BC—Apries succeeds Psamtik II as king of Egypt.
  • 588 BC—Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon begins siege of Jerusalem; the opera Nabucco sets the date at 587 BC.
  • 587 BC—Jerusalem falls to the Babylonians, ending the Kingdom of Judah. The conquerors destroy the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem and exile some of the land's inhabitants.
  • 586 BC—Death of Zhou ding wang, King of the Zhou Dynasty of China.
  • 28 May 585 BC—A solar eclipse occurs as predicted by Thales, while Alyattes II is battling Cyaxares. This leads to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated.
  • 585 BC—Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, king of Rome, defeats the Sabines, takes the town of Collatia, and celebrates a triumph for his victories on 13th September.
  • 585/584 BC—Astyages succeeds Cyaxares as King of the Medes.
  • 585 BC—Zhou jian wang becomes King of the Zhou Dynasty of China.
  • 585 BC—Fall of the Kingdom of Urartu following a Median invasion. (The Scythians ruined the Kingdom of Urartu.)
  • 582 BC—Military battle of the major Classical antiquity powers Egypt and Babylon.
  • 582 BC—Pythian Games reorganised at Delphi. (This is the traditional date.)
  • 581 BC—Isthmian Games founded at Corinth.
  • 580 BC—Cambyses I succeeds Cyrus I as king of Anshan and head of the Achaemenid dynasty. (approximate date)
  • c. 580 BC—Gorgon Medusa, detail of sculpture from the west pediment of the Temple of Artemis, Korkyra, is made. It is now at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.
  • c. 580 BC—Standing Youth (Kouros) is made. It is now at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

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