540s BCCenturies: 7th century BC - 6th century BC - 5th century 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).
- 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.