500 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 6th century BC5th century BC4th century BC
Decades: 530s BC  520s BC  510s BC  – 500s BC –  490s BC  480s BC  470s BC
Years: 503 BC 502 BC 501 BC500 BC499 BC 498 BC 497 BC
500 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 500 BC
Ab urbe condita 254
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4251
Bahá'í calendar −2343 – −2342
Bengali calendar −1092
Berber calendar 451
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 45
Burmese calendar −1137
Byzantine calendar 5009–5010
Chinese calendar 庚子(Metal Rat)
2197 or 2137
    — to —
辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
2198 or 2138
Coptic calendar −783 – −782
Discordian calendar 667
Ethiopian calendar −507 – −506
Hebrew calendar 3261–3262
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −443 – −442
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2602–2603
Holocene calendar 9501
Igbo calendar −1499 – −1498
Iranian calendar 1121 BP – 1120 BP
Islamic calendar 1155 BH – 1154 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1834
Minguo calendar 2411 before ROC
民前2411年
Thai solar calendar 44

The year 500 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. In the Roman Empire it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Camerinus and Longus (or, less frequently, year 254 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 500 BC for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.

Events[edit]

By place[edit]

Europe[edit]

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Mesoamerica[edit]

  • The oldest known Zapotec writing appears (approximate date).
  • The Olmecs establish Monte Albán, the sacred city, and continue building pyramids. Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC, by the Terminal Formative (ca.100 BC-AD 200) Monte Albán soon becomes the capital of a large-scale expansionist polity that dominates much of the Oaxacan highlands and interacts with other Mesoamerican regional states, such as Teotihuacan to the north (Paddock 1983; Marcus 1983).

By topic[edit]

Demographics[edit]

  • World population reaches 100,000,000[2]—the population is 85,000,000 in Eastern hemisphere and 15,000,000 in Western Hemisphere, primarily Mesoamerica (Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela).

Arts and culture[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

How the world looked[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archive.org/stream/civilisationswe00montgoog#page/n66/mode/2up
  2. ^ an average of figures from different sources as listed at the US Census Bureau's Historical Estimates of World Population