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552 CE: Fall of the Rouran Empire of Central Asia; flight of the Avars.
557 CE: Avars arrive in the Steppe.
558 CE: Avar contact with the Byzantine Empire.
562 CE: Bayan I becomes king of the Avars.
562 CE - 602 CE: Reign of King Bayan I of the Avars.
565 CE: Bayan I brokers deal with the Byzantine Empire for Avars as mercenaries.
567 CE: Avars and Lombards ally to defeat the Gepids of Pannonia.
568 CE: Lombards leave Pannonia for Italy; Bayan begins building his empire.
569 CE - 592 CE: Rise and expansion of the Avar Empire.
580 CE: The Slavs and the Avars overwhelm Greece, Thrace and Thessaly.
602 CE: Death of King Bayan I of the Avars.
626 CE: A coalition of Persians, Slavs, Avars and Bulgars unsuccessfully lays siege to Constantinople.
630 CE: Bulgar revolt against the Avars results in civil war.
630 CE - 695 CE: Decline of the Avar Empire.
696 CE: Avars conquered by Franks under Charlemagne.
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