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Millennium: 1st millennium
493 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar493
Ab urbe condita1246
Assyrian calendar5243
Balinese saka calendar414–415
Bengali calendar−100
Berber calendar1443
Buddhist calendar1037
Burmese calendar−145
Byzantine calendar6001–6002
Chinese calendar壬申年 (Water Monkey)
3189 or 3129
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
3190 or 3130
Coptic calendar209–210
Discordian calendar1659
Ethiopian calendar485–486
Hebrew calendar4253–4254
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat549–550
 - Shaka Samvat414–415
 - Kali Yuga3593–3594
Holocene calendar10493
Iranian calendar129 BP – 128 BP
Islamic calendar133 BH – 132 BH
Javanese calendar379–380
Julian calendar493
Korean calendar2826
Minguo calendar1419 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−975
Seleucid era804/805 AG
Thai solar calendar1035–1036
Tibetan calendar阳水猴年
(male Water-Monkey)
619 or 238 or −534
    — to —
(female Water-Rooster)
620 or 239 or −533
The Ostrogothic Kingdom (493–553)

Year 493 (CDXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Albinus and Eusebius (or, less frequently, year 1246 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 493 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.


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Byzantine Empire[edit]



  • February 25Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege, and agrees to a mediated peace with Theodoric the Great, who 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.[1]
  • 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.


By topic[edit]


  • Mor Hananyo Monastery is established by Mor Shlemon, converting a former Roman fortress (ex temple) in the Tur Abdin region on the Turkish/Syrian border.




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