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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What Happened in 513?

What happened 1,500 years ago?

First let me point out that some historians mark dates in that era according to the elapsed time since the founding of the city of Rome. So 513 AD (DXIII) is also known as 1266 AUC (Ab urbe condita), given the date of 753 BC as a uniformly accepted date for the establishment of Rome. Claudius was the first to recognize the dating system, celebrating Rome's 800th anniversary in 48 AD. Philip the Arab held a millennium event in 248 AD. The system was abandoned during the reign of Justinian in 537 AD.   

The dethroned Visigothic king Gesalec was executed after one last pitiful attempt at regaining his kingdom from Theodoric the Great. Gesalic had found temporary refuge in Carthage but so taunted Theodoric that Gesalec's host had to expel him and pay tribute to the offended ruler. This led Gesalec to make his last fateful effort to take his throne back. No one knows for sure who executed him.

Vigor, a French priest opposed to paganism, was named Bishop of Bayeux, replacing Contentius, who died in 510. He reputedly tore down an active pagan temple in Bayeux and built a church over it.

Coinage from the rule of Anastasius I.

The Byzantine general Vitalian rebelled against Emperor Anastasius I in response to negative changes in support to the troops and changes to religious dogma. Anastasius lowered taxes and made other changes that calmed the revolt.


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