|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|Centuries:||6th century BC – 5th century BC – 4th century BC|
|Decades:||520s BC 510s BC 500s BC – 490s BC – 480s BC 470s BC 460s BC|
|Years:||502 BC 501 BC 500 BC – 499 BC – 498 BC 497 BC 496 BC|
Events[change | change source]
- Aristagoras, acting on behalf of the Persian Empire, leads a failed attack on the rebellious island of Naxos.
- Aristagoras instigates the Ionic Revolt, beginning the Persian Wars between Greece and Persia.
- Sardis destroyed by Athenian and Ionian troops.