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This article is about the year 602. For the number, see 602 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 6th century7th century8th century
Decades: 570s  580s  590s  – 600s –  610s  620s  630s
Years: 599 600 601602603 604 605
602 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
602 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 602
Ab urbe condita 1355
Armenian calendar 51
Assyrian calendar 5352
Bengali calendar 9
Berber calendar 1552
Buddhist calendar 1146
Burmese calendar −36
Byzantine calendar 6110–6111
Chinese calendar 辛酉(Metal Rooster)
3298 or 3238
    — to —
壬戌年 (Water Dog)
3299 or 3239
Coptic calendar 318–319
Discordian calendar 1768
Ethiopian calendar 594–595
Hebrew calendar 4362–4363
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 658–659
 - Shaka Samvat 523–524
 - Kali Yuga 3702–3703
Holocene calendar 10602
Iranian calendar 20 BP – 19 BP
Islamic calendar 21 BH – 20 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Javanese calendar 491–492
Julian calendar 602
Korean calendar 2935
Minguo calendar 1310 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −866
Seleucid era 913/914 AG
Thai solar calendar 1144–1145
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 marched 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 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 requesting the Persians for aid. Khosrau sends an expeditionary force to Armenia and crosses the Euphrates.




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  1. ^ The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century (1991), John V. A. Fine, Jr, p. 33. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3
  2. ^ The "Latin Library". Ad Fontes Academy, (2008)