50s

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Eastern Hemisphere in 050 AD.
Note: Sometimes the '50s is used as shorthand for the 1950s, the 1850s, or other such decades in various centuries – see List of decades
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 1st century BC1st century2nd century
Decades: 20s 30s 40s50s60s 70s 80s
Years: 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59
Categories: BirthsDeathsArchitecture
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This is a list of events occurring in the 50s, ordered by year.

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San Bartolo pyramid is completed around this time.

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51[edit]

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52[edit]

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53[edit]

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  • Seneca writes the tragedy Agamemnon, which he intends to be read as the last chapter of a trilogy including two of his other tragedies, Medea and Edipus.


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  • October 13Roman emperor Claudius dies, possibly after being poisoned by Agrippina, his wife and niece, and is succeeded by Nero.
  • Nero attempts to prohibit the gladiatorial games.
  • Under Nero, Rome annexes Aden to protect the maritime route between Alexandria and Asia.
  • Two centurions are sent to the south of Egypt to find the sources of the Nile, and possible new provinces. They report that while there are many cities in the desert, the area seems too poor to be worthy of conquest.
  • Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo arrives in the East and take up an assignment as governor of Asia, with a secret brief from Nero and his chief ministers Seneca and Burrus to return Armenia to the Roman Empire.
  • Corbulo inspects in Syria a base of Legio X Fretensis at Cyrrhus, the Roman legionnaires are demoralized by a "long peace". Many soldiers have sold their helmets and shields.
  • Corbulo recruits Syrian auxiliary units in the region and stationed them in border forts, with orders from Nero not to provoke the Parthians.
  • Violence erupts in Caesarea regarding the a local ordinance restricting the civil rights of Jews, creating clashes between Jews and pagans. The Roman garrison, made up of Syrians, takes the side of the pagans. The Jews, armed with clubs and swords, meet in the marketplace. The governor of Judea, Antonius Felix, orders his troops to charge. The violence continues and Felix asks Nero to arbitrate. Nero, sides with the pagans and relegates the Jews to second-class citizens. This decision does nothing but increase the Jews' anger.
  • In Britain, Venutius leads a revolt against his ex-wife Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes and a Roman ally. Governor Aulus Didius Gallus sends her military aid, and after some indecisive fighting a legion commanded by Caesius Nasica defeats the rebels (approximate date – some time between 52 and 57).
  • Winter – Domitius Corbulo marched his legions (Legio VI Ferrata and Legio X) into the mountains of Cappadocia and made camp. He gives the men a harsh training, twenty-five-mile marches and weapons drills.

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56[edit]

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  • The Jianwu era of the Eastern Han Dynasty changes to the Jianwuzhongyuan era.

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  • The Chinese emperor grants the king of Nakoku a golden seal, being the oldest evidence of writing in Japan. In return the king sent an envoy to China.
  • Accession of Chinese emperor Han Mingdi.
  • Accession of the Silla king Talhae.

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59[edit]

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  1. ^ Flavius Josephus, "Ant." xx. 5, § 4; "B. J." ii. 12, § 2.
  2. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.
  3. ^ New Testament, Acts 26.