# 500s BC

Centuries: 7th century BC -**6th century BC**- 5th century BC

Decades: 550s BC - 540s BC - 530s BC - 520s BC - 510s BC - **500s BC** - 490s BC - 480s BC - 470s BC - 460s BC - 450s BC

**Events and Trends**

- 509 BC - Foundation of the Roman Republic
- 508 BC - Office of
*pontifex maximus*created in Rome - 507 BC - Cleisthenes, Greek reformer, took power and increased democracy
- 506 BC - Battle of Carchemish, Nabopolassar of Babylon defeats the Egyptians
- 505 BC - First pair of Roman consuls elected
- 502 BC - December 4 Solar eclipse darkens Egypt. (computed, no clear historical record of observation)
- 502 BC - The Latin League defeats the Etruscans under Lars Porsenna at Aricia.
- 501 BC - Cleisthenes reforms the democracy in Athens.
- 501 BC - Naxos is attacked by the Persian Empire.
- 501 BC - In response to threats by the Sabines, Rome creates the office of dictator.
- 501 BC - Confucius is appointed governor of Chung-tu.
- 501 BC - Gadir (present-day Cadiz) is captured by Carthage. (approximate date)

**Significant People**

- 502 BC - Death of Anaximenes of Miletus, philosopher