The 50s decade ran from January 1, 50, to December 31, 59. It was the sixth decade in the Anno Domini/Common Era, if the nine-year period from 1 AD to 9 AD is considered as a "decade".

Eastern Hemisphere in AD 50.
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  • Seneca writes the tragedy Agamemnon, which he intends to be read as the last chapter of a trilogy including two of his other tragedies, Medea and Edipus.

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  • October 13 – Emperor Claudius dies, possibly after being poisoned by Agrippina, his wife and niece, and is succeeded by Nero.[3]
  • Nero attempts to prohibit the gladiatorial games.
  • Under Nero, Rome annexes Aden to protect the maritime route between Alexandria and Asia.
  • Two centurions are sent to the south of Egypt to find the source of the Nile, and possible new provinces. They report that while there are many cities in the desert, the area seems too poor to be worthy of conquest.
  • Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo arrives in the East and takes up an assignment as governor of Asia, with a secret brief from Nero and his chief ministers, Seneca and Burrus, to return Armenia to the Roman Empire.
  • Corbulo inspects, in Syria, a base of Legio X Fretensis at Cyrrhus; the Roman legionaries are demoralized by a "long peace". Many soldiers have sold their helmets and shields.
  • Corbulo recruits Syrian auxiliary units in the region and stations them in border forts, with orders from Nero not to provoke the Parthians.
  • Violence erupts in Caesarea regarding a local ordinance restricting the civil rights of Jews, creating clashes between Jews and pagans. The Roman garrison, made up of Syrians, takes the side of the pagans. The Jews, armed with clubs and swords, meet in the marketplace. The governor of Judea, Antonius Felix, orders his troops to charge. The violence continues and Felix asks Nero to arbitrate. Nero sides with the pagans, and relegates the Jews to second-class citizens. This decision does nothing but increase the Jews' anger.
  • In Britain, Venutius leads a revolt against his ex-wife Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes and a Roman ally. Governor Aulus Didius Gallus sends her military aid, and after some indecisive fighting a legion commanded by Caesius Nasica defeats the rebels (approximate date – some time between 52 and 57).
  • Winter – Domitius Corbulo marches his legions (Legio VI Ferrata and Legio X) into the mountains of Cappadocia and makes camp. He gives the men a harsh training, twenty-five-mile marches and weapons drills.
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  • Emperor Nero becomes a Roman Consul.
  • The Roman jurist Sabinus writes three books on the rights of citizens.
  • Cardiff is founded as a fort by the Romans

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  • The Jianwu era of the Eastern Han Dynasty changes to the Jianwuzhongyuan era.

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  • In the Satyricon, Petronius pokes fun at Roman immorality.
  • An eclipse on 30 April over North Africa is recorded by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History.
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  • Juvenal, Roman poet (approximate date)
  • Xu Shen, Chinese politician and writer (approximate date)


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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Flavius Josephus, "Ant." xx. 5, § 4; "B. J." ii. 12, § 2.
  2. ^ a b "List of Rulers of Korea". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "BBC - History - Claudius". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Mingdi | emperor of Han dynasty". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "List of Rulers of Korea". www.metmuseum.org. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  6. ^ Roberts, J: "History of the World.". Penguin, 1994.
  7. ^ New Testament, Acts 26.
  8. ^ "Domitian | Roman emperor". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Ban Biao | Chinese official". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Guangwudi | emperor of Han dynasty". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 18 April 2019.