The 5th and 6th Century

Can you guess these notable people, places, and things from the years 401–600 AD?
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Last updated: July 5, 2020
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The Kongō Gumi company is founded in this country. It would remain
as an independent business until 2006.
c. 570
Muhammad is born in this city
This "great" Byzantine emperor dies after a long and eventful reign
This disease, spread by Yersinia pestis bacteria, makes its first
appearance, devastating the Byzantine empire
This famous church (now a mosque) is completed in Constantinople
Hagia Sophia
Khosrow I rules the Sasanian Empire, based in this modern-day country
Byzantine monks steal the secret of making this fabric from the Chinese
Clovis makes this city the capital of the Frankish Empire
This board game spreads from India to Persia
This city is founded on the Dnieper river, at least according to tradition
This Chinese monastery, famous for its martial arts, is founded
This empire comes to an end, marking the beginning of the Middle Ages
Western Roman
This infamous ruler of the Huns dies
c. 450
The city of Teotihuacan, located in this modern-day country, reaches its
zenith with a population of about 150,000
This religion is legally abolished in China, the first of four
separate times this would happen
c. 432
This saint arrives in Ireland
Saint Patrick
This city becomes the capital of the Korean kingdom "Goguryeo"
This city is founded on a lagoon in the Adriatic
The pagan philosopher Hypatia is murdered in this African city
Angles, Saxons, and Jutes begin to raid and settle this island
Great Britain
Han Chinese people begin to settle the area south of this river
Level 67
Sep 21, 2020
Can you accept Aya Sophia? That's what it's known as in Turkish. (It's also known as Sancta Sophia in Latin. I never remember the English version) Thanks
Level 73
Sep 27, 2020
The "English" version is actually the Greek version.
Level 54
Feb 19, 2021
I think the (Church of) Saint Sophia is generally the christian english name for it, I was disappointed that that name wasn't accepted.
Level 78
Jun 30, 2021
Saint Sophia should be an accepted answer
Level 63
Oct 13, 2020
Can you accept Lutetia for Paris? It was the name at the time
Level 70
Feb 19, 2021
Looks like it began to be known by a different name roughly a hundred years earlier than the 5th century:

Beginning in 305 AD, the name Lutetia was replaced on milestones by Civitas Parisiorum, or "City of the Parisii"

Level 61
Feb 19, 2021
Anyone who can't figure out it's Paris won't know what Lutetia is.
Level 50
Feb 19, 2021
Can you accept United Kingdom and/or England for Great Britain?
Level 57
Feb 19, 2021
The question asks for the island, so these wouldn't work
Level 75
Feb 20, 2021
United Kingdom [of Great Britain and Northern Ireland]: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland;

Great Britain: the biggest island in the British Isles;

England, Scotland, Wales: countries of the UK that share Great Britain;

Ireland: the second biggest island in the British Isles;

Northern Ireland: a country/province of the UK on Ireland;

Republic of Ireland: an independent country that shares Ireland with Northern Ireland.

(The British Isles: All of the thousands of islands in the North Atlantic, including Great Britain and Ireland, that belong to either to the UK or the Republic of Ireland.)

Level 74
Feb 23, 2021
Minor nitpicky error:

The Crown Dependencies, which are part of the British Isles are part of neither the Republic of Ireland nor the UK. They are "territories for which the United Kingdom is responsible" but do not belong to the United Kingdom. One might say there are five different "countries" making up the British Isles, these being the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Britons just love to be special and make talking about their different entities a minefield. Similar subjects are city status and the different types of districts of England and especially the combination of the two, i.e. London, which consists of a ceremonial county, Greater London and a sui generis authority, the City of London. Greater London is further split into so-called "London Boroughs", which are not metropolitan boroughs, such as those of the West Midlands and Greater Manchester for example, because that wouldn't be

Level 74
Feb 23, 2021
special enough. Furthermore, four of these boroughs have special status, as they are Royal Boroughs, because why not? Also two places in the ceremonial county of Greater London have city status, even though it is quite obvious that differentiating them from their surrounding, equally urban regions represents the pinnacle of bêtise. Ah yes, I forgot to say which place the other city is; that would be the City of Westminster. Just to clarify, the City of London is not part of Greater London and thus not a London Borough.
Level 49
Mar 31, 2022
I spelled Buddhism wrong and didn't get that answer lol
Level 32
Jul 30, 2023
It would be nice if the spelling was a little more lenient.
Level 70
Jul 30, 2023
Great quiz, 19/21.
Level 28
Aug 5, 2023
Tough but fair. Nice work
Level 67
Aug 14, 2023
I'm mad at myself for missing Shaolin. Also didn't get Dneiper because I always seem to forget that one