490s

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Years: 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499
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This is a list of events occurring in the 490s, ordered by year.

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Agriculture[edit]

  • Corn rises to a terrible famine price and before the end of the siege of Ravenna the inhabitants feed on the hides of animals, many of them perish of hunger.

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491[edit]

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  • July 9Odoacer makes a night assault with his Heruli guardsmen, engaging Theodoric the Great in Ad Pinetam. Both sides suffer heavy losses, but in the end Theodoric repulses the attack, forcing Odoacer back into Ravenna.

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492[edit]

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493[edit]

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  • February 25Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great. He steadily consolidates his rule and provides security for the local population. His achievement is to manage the transformation of Italy from being the center of a fractured Roman Empire to a successful and independent Ostrogothic Kingdom.[2]
  • Onoulphus, brother of Odoacer, is killed during the siege of Ravenna by archers while seeking refuge in a church.
  • March 15 – Odoacer is invited to a banquet organised in order to celebrate the peace treaty. During the festivities, Odoacer is killed by Theodoric the Great. His body is skillfully sliced in half in full view of his guests. A massacre of Odoacer's soldiers and supporters follows.
  • Theodoric the Great allies with the Franks and marries Audofleda, sister of Clovis I. He also marries his own female relatives to princes or kings of the Burgundians, Vandals and Visigoths. Establishing a political alliance with the Germanic kingdoms in the West.
  • Clovis I marries the Burgundian princess Clotilde, age 18, she is brought up in the Catholic faith and is the daughter of king Chilperic II. Her father is murdered in the same year by his brother Gundobad.

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495[edit]

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496[edit]

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497[edit]

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  • The Shaolin Temple (Henan) is founded (according to the Jiaqing Chongxiu Yitongzhi). For alternate founding date, see 477).

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498[edit]

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  • Prince Buretsu, age 9, succeeds his father Ninken and becomes the 25th emperor of Japan.

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499[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfram, History of the Goths, p. 281
  2. ^ The End of Empire (p. 275). Christopher Kelly, 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-33849-2