|Centuries:||5th century – 6th century – 7th century|
|Decades:||490s 500s 510s – 520s – 530s 540s 550s|
|Years:||520 521 522 – 523 – 524 525 526|
|523 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1276|
|Chinese calendar||壬寅年 (Water Tiger)
3219 or 3159
— to —
癸卯年 (Water Rabbit)
3220 or 3160
|- Vikram Samvat||579–580|
|- Shaka Samvat||445–446|
|- Kali Yuga||3624–3625|
|Iranian calendar||99 BP – 98 BP|
|Islamic calendar||102 BH – 101 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1389 before ROC
|Seleucid era||834/835 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1065–1066|
Year 523 (DXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Maximus without colleague (or, less frequently, year 1276 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 523 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.
- Justinian, later Byzantine emperor, marries in Constantinople his mistress Theodora, who is by profession a courtesan (approximate date).
- King Chlothar I takes part in an expedition against Burgundy and captures the town of Autun. Now about 26, he makes plans to expand his territory he inherited from his late father, Clovis I.
- King Sigismund of Burgundy is defeated against the invading Franks under Chlodomer, Childebert I and Chlothar I. He is captured and taken as prisoner to Aurelianum (modern Orléans).
- Hilderic succeeds his uncle Thrasamund after a 27-year reign and becomes king of the Vandals and Alans. He favours Catholicism and grants the inhabitants religious freedom.
- Leptis Magna (modern Libya) is sacked by Berber (Moors) raiders. Gelimer leads a successful expedition in North Africa.
- A revolt breaks out on the Six Frontier Towns on the northern border of Northern Wei China ("Revolt of the Six Garrisons"). Tensions between the elite and the Tuoba-clan, which severely destabilises the state.
- The Songyue Pagoda is completed during the Northern Wei era; the circular-based tower is still 40 m (131 ft) in height.
- Seong becomes king of Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.
- August 6 – Pope Hormisdas dies at Rome after a 9-year reign in which he has been instrumental in ending the Acacian Schism. He is succeeded by John I as the 53rd pope.
- Arethas, leader of the Christian community in Yemen
- February 5 – Avitus, archbishop of Vienne
- Muryeong, king of Baekje (Three Kingdoms of Korea)
- August 6 – Pope Hormisdas (b. 450)
- Philoxenus of Mabbug, Syrian theologian
- Thrasamund, king of the Vandals (b. 450)