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Millennium: 1st millennium
602 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar602
Ab urbe condita1355
Armenian calendar51
Assyrian calendar5352
Balinese saka calendar523–524
Bengali calendar9
Berber calendar1552
Buddhist calendar1146
Burmese calendar−36
Byzantine calendar6110–6111
Chinese calendar辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
3299 or 3092
    — to —
壬戌年 (Water Dog)
3300 or 3093
Coptic calendar318–319
Discordian calendar1768
Ethiopian calendar594–595
Hebrew calendar4362–4363
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat658–659
 - Shaka Samvat523–524
 - Kali Yuga3702–3703
Holocene calendar10602
Iranian calendar20 BP – 19 BP
Islamic calendar21 BH – 20 BH
Japanese calendarN/A
Javanese calendar491–492
Julian calendar602
Korean calendar2935
Minguo calendar1310 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−866
Seleucid era913/914 AG
Thai solar calendar1144–1145
Tibetan calendar阴金鸡年
(female Iron-Rooster)
728 or 347 or −425
    — to —
(male Water-Dog)
729 or 348 or −424
The Byzantine and Persian Empire (7th century)
Emperor Phocas in consular robe (602–610)

Year 602 (DCII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 602 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]

  • Emperor Maurice succeeds in winning over the Avars to Byzantine rule, but his campaigns against the Avars, Lombards, Persians and Slavs drain the imperial treasury, requiring an increase in taxes. He orders the troops to stay for winter beyond the Danube, but a mutiny breaks out under Phocas. He brings the Byzantine forces back over the Danube and marches on to Constantinople.[1]
  • November 27 – A civil war breaks out and Phocas enters Constantinople. Maurice is captured trying to escape; he is forced to witness the slaughter of his five sons and all his supporters, and is then executed (beheaded) after a 20-year reign. His wife, Constantina, and his three daughters are spared, and sent to a monastery. Phocas is proclaimed the new emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Byzantine–Persian War: King Khosrau II launches an offensive against Constantinople, to avenge Maurice's death, his "friend and father", and tries to reconquer Byzantine territory. Narses, governor of Upper Mesopotamia, rebels against Phocas at the city of Edessa and requests aid from the Persians. Khosrau sends an expeditionary force to Armenia and crosses the Euphrates.




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  1. ^ Fine, John V. A. Jr. (1991) [1983]. The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. p. 33. ISBN 0-472-08149-7.
  2. ^ Guidoboni, Traina, 1995, p. 118
  3. ^ The "Latin Library". Ad Fontes Academy, (2008)
  4. ^ Wade, Geoff (2014). Asian Expansions: The Historical Experiences of Polity Expansion in Asia. Routledge. p. 77. ISBN 9781135043537.