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This article is about the year 600. For the number, see 600 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 5th century6th century7th century
Decades: 570s  580s  590s  – 600s –  610s  620s  630s
Years: 597 598 599600601 602 603
600 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
600 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 600
Ab urbe condita 1353
Armenian calendar 49
Assyrian calendar 5350
Bengali calendar 7
Berber calendar 1550
Buddhist calendar 1144
Burmese calendar −38
Byzantine calendar 6108–6109
Chinese calendar 己未(Earth Goat)
3296 or 3236
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
3297 or 3237
Coptic calendar 316–317
Discordian calendar 1766
Ethiopian calendar 592–593
Hebrew calendar 4360–4361
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 656–657
 - Shaka Samvat 522–523
 - Kali Yuga 3701–3702
Holocene calendar 10600
Iranian calendar 22 BP – 21 BP
Islamic calendar 23 BH – 22 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar 600
Korean calendar 2933
Minguo calendar 1312 before ROC
Seleucid era 911/912 AG
Thai solar calendar 1142–1143

Year 600 (DC) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 600 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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  • First of the Japanese embassies to Imperial China (approximate date).
  • The Persians begin to use windmills for irrigation (approximate date).
  • Namri Songtsen becomes the new king of Tibet (approximate date).
  • Chaturanga is played in its current form in India (approximate date).
  • Yangdi, a Sui emperor, extended the Grand Canal. He reportedly assumed power by poisoning his father. Ma Shu-mou, aka Mahu, was one of the canal overseers and was said to have eaten a steamed 2-year-old child each day he worked on the canal. On completion the canal extended for 1,100 miles. 5.5 million people were pressed into service to complete 1,550 mile canal.
  • Quill pens, made from the outer feathers of crows and other large birds, became popular. The 1st books were printed in China.


Pacific Ocean[edit]

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Arts and sciences[edit]



  • The population of the Earth rises to about 208 million people (approximate date).




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