The 5th and 6th Century Quiz

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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Answer
578
The Kongō Gumi company is founded in this country. It would remain
as an independent business until 2006.
Japan
c. 570
Muhammad is born in this city
Mecca
565
This "great" Byzantine emperor dies after a long and eventful reign
Justinian
541–542
This disease, spread by Yersinia pestis bacteria, makes its first
appearance, devastating the Byzantine empire
Plague
537
This famous church (now a mosque) is completed in Constantinople
Hagia Sophia
531–579
Khosrow I rules the Sasanian Empire, based in this modern-day country
Iran
522
Byzantine monks steal the secret of making this fabric from the Chinese
Silk
508
Clovis makes this city the capital of the Frankish Empire
Paris
500s
This board game spreads from India to Persia
Chess
482
Traditional date of the founding of this city on the Dnieper river
Kiev
477
This Chinese monastery, famous for its martial arts, is founded
Shaolin
476
This empire comes to an end, marking the beginning of the Middle Ages
Western Roman
Empire
453
This infamous ruler of the Huns dies
Attila
c. 450
The city of Teotihuacan, in this modern-day country, reaches its zenith
Mexico
446
This religion is legally abolished in China, the first of four
separate times this would happen
Buddhism
c. 432
This saint arrives in Ireland
Saint Patrick
427
This city becomes the capital of the Korean kingdom "Goguryeo"
Pyongyang
420
This city is founded on a lagoon in the Adriatic
Venice
415
The pagan philosopher Hypatia is murdered in this African city
Alexandria
400s
Angles, Saxons, and Jutes begin to raid and settle this island
Great Britain
400s – 500s
Han Chinese people begin to settle the area south of this river
Yangtze
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Level 66
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
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2020
The "English" version is actually the Greek version.
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Level 43
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.
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Level 61
Oct 13, 2020
Can you accept Lutetia for Paris? It was the name at the time
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Level 65
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"

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Level 60
Feb 19, 2021
Anyone who can't figure out it's Paris won't know what Lutetia is.
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Level 40
Feb 19, 2021
Can you accept United Kingdom and/or England for Great Britain?
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Level 59
Feb 19, 2021
The question asks for the island, so these wouldn't work
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Level 65
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.)

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Level 60
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

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Level 60
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.
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2021
100% with 2:06 to spare. Seemed like the questions were tailored to me lol.