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Millennium: 1st millennium
602 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 602
Ab urbe condita 1355
Armenian calendar 51
Assyrian calendar 5352
Balinese saka calendar 523–524
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
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. ^ 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)