List of state leaders in the 6th century

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This is a list of state leaders in the 6th century (501–600) AD.

Africa: North[edit]

America: Mesoamerica[edit]


Asia: Central[edit]

  • Mǎ Rú, ruler (496-501)
  • Qú Jiā, ruler (501-525)
  • Qú Guāng, ruler (525-530)
  • Qú Jiān, ruler (530-548)
  • Qú Xuánxǐ, ruler (549-550)
  • unnamed son of Qu Xuanxi, ruler (551-554)
  • Qú Bǎomào, ruler (555-560)
  • Qú Qiángù, ruler (560-601)

Asia: East[edit]

China: Northern dynasties

China: Southern dynasties

China: Sui dynasty

China: Tang dynasty



Asia: South[edit]



Sri Lanka

Asia: West[edit]


  • Yabgu (575–581)
  • Qaghan (581–603)
    • Apa, Qaghan of the Apa line (581–587)
    • Niri, Qaghan of the Apa line (c.600)



Europe: Balkans[edit]

Europe: British Isles[edit]

Great Britain: Scotland

Great Britain: Northumbria

Great Britain: England

Great Britain: Wales


These kings are generally though historical, but dates are uncertain and naming some High Kings may be anachronistic or inaccurate.

Europe: Central[edit]

Europe: East[edit]

Europe: Nordic[edit]

Europe: Southcentral[edit]

Europe: Southwest[edit]

Europe: West[edit]

Eurasia: Caucasus[edit]


  1. ^ Sharer & Traxler 2006, p.336.
  2. ^ Sharer & Traxler 2006, p. 337.
  3. ^ Empress Dowager Hu initially declared Emperor Xiaoming's "son" (actually a daughter) emperor, but almost immediately after admitted that she was actually female and declared Yuan Zhao emperor instead. Emperor Xiaoming's unnamed daughter was therefore arguably an "emperor" and his successor, but is not commonly regarded as one. Indeed, Yuan Zhao himself is often not considered an emperor.
  4. ^ The Northern Wei imperial prince Yuan Hao, under support by rival Liang Dynasty's troops, declared himself emperor and captured the capital Luoyang in 529, forcing Emperor Xiaozhuang to flee. Yuan Hao carried imperial title and received pledges of allegiance from provinces south of the Yellow River for about three months before Erzhu Rong recaptured Luoyang. Yuan Hao fled and was killed in flight. Due to the briefness of Yuan Hao's claim on the throne and the limited geographic scope of his reign, he is usually not counted among the succession of Northern Wei emperors.
  5. ^ Emperor Wu's nephew Xiao Zhengde the Prince of Linhe, who joined Hou Jing's rebellion, was declared emperor by Hou in 548, but after Hou's victory over Emperor Wu in 549 was deposed and killed by Hou, and is not usually considered a true emperor.
  6. ^ Emperor Yuan's brother Xiao Ji the Prince of Wuling also declared himself emperor in 552, but was defeated and killed by Emperor Yuan in 553, and is usually not considered a true emperor.
  7. ^ In 558, a year after Emperor Jing had yielded the throne to Chen Baxian (and had been killed by Chen), his nephew Xiao Zhuang the Prince of Yongjia, with support from Northern Qi, was proclaimed the emperor of Liang by the general Wang Lin. In 560, Wang Lin defeated the Chen troops, and both he and Xiao Zhuang were forced to flee to Northern Qi. It is a matter of controversy whether Xiao Zhuang should be considered an emperor of Liang.
  8. ^ a b Sen, Sailendra (2013). A Textbook of Medieval Indian History. Primus Books. pp. 41–42. ISBN 978-9-38060-734-4.