# 540s BC

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

Decades: 590s BC - 580s BC - 570s BC - 560s BC - 550s BC - **540s BC** - 530s BC - 520s BC - 510s BC - 500s BC - 490s BC

**Events and Trends**

- 548 BC -- Croesus, Lydian king, defeated by Cyrus.
- 546 BC -- Lydia conquered by Persia.
- 544 BC -- People of Teos migrate to Abdera, Thrace to escape the yoke of Persia.
- 544 BC -- Zhou jing wang becomes King of the Zhou Dynasty of China.
- 543 BC -- North Indian Prince Vijaya invades Ceylon and establishes a Sinhalese dynasty.
- 543 BC -- Pisistratus, tyrant of Athens, purifies the island of Delos (approximate date).

**Significant People**

- 547 BC -- Death of Croesus.
- 546 BC -- Death of Anaximander, Greek philosopher (approximate date)
- 545 BC -- Death of Zhou ling wang, King of the Zhou Dynasty of China.
- 543 BC -- Death of Gautama Buddha (traditional in Thailand and elsewhere - basis of Thai calendar).
- 543 BC -- Death of Thales, Greek philosopher.