Small Iberia 500
Small Iberia 560
Active Iberia 586
Small Iberia 700
Iberia 586
Nations Period of existence in the Peninsula
Suebic Kingdom 411 - 585
Visigothic Kingdom 456 - 716
Byzantine Empire c. 534 - 707
Iberia Rulers 500s


  • Athanagild takes Seville to the Byzantines.
  • Theodemar begins the most important administrative and ecclesiastical division of the Suebic Kingdom.


  • Liuva I is declared king after a short period of anarchy which followed the death of King Athanagild.


  • Liuva call his brother Leovigild to rule as co-king. Liuva, favored by the Visigoth nobles, comes to rule the Visigothic lands north of the Pyrenees, while Leovigild rules in Hispania.


  • Miro conducts an expedition against the Ruccones (Runcones) of Cantabria. This attack on a people within the Visigothic kingdom serves an excuse for Gothic reprisals against the Sueves.


  • Liuva dies, Leovigild becomes sole ruler of the Visigothic kingdom.
  • Leovigild subdues the Suevi region of Sabaria.


  • Leovigild restores the province of Cantabria to his dominion.


  • Leovigild invades the Aregensian Mountains, bringing the region under his power.


  • Leovigild marches to the southern frontier of Galicia (the Douro river) and menaces the small kingdom, even founding the city of Villa Gothorum (modern Toro). Miro sues for peace, and obtains it for a short time.


  • Hermenegild revolts against his father Leovigild, proclaiming king in Seville, supported by the orthodox bishops.



  • Leovigild takes the rebel Mérida, Itálica, Seville and Córdoba, banishing Hermenegild to Valencia.


  • The deposition of the legitimate king Eboric gives Leovigild an excuse to invade the Suevic kingdom. Leovigild deprives the captured King Andeca of his rule, and brings the territory of the Suevi under his own power, making Galicia a province of the Visigothic kingdom.
  • Malaric rises in rebellion, claiming the Suevi throne, but is defeated by King Leovigild's generals and captured.
  • April 13: Hermenegild, son of the king Leovigild, is murdered by his agents.


  • April 21: Leovigild dies, being succeeded by his son Reccared.


  • In January, Reccared renounces Arianism for Catholicism. Most Arian nobles and ecclesiastics follow his example, but there are Arian uprisings, notably in Septimania, his northernmost province, where the leader of opposition is the Arian bishop Athaloc. Reccared's army defeated the Arian insurgents and their Catholic allies with great slaughter.
  • The next Arian conspiracy brakes out in the west, Lusitania, headed by Sunna, the Arian bishop of Mérida, and count Segga. Claudius, Reccared's dux Lusitaniae, put down the rising, Sunna being banished to Mauritania and Segga retiring to Gallaecia.