The 2nd millennium BC spanned the years 2000 through 1001 BC. In the Ancient Near East , it marks the transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age . The Ancient Near Eastern cultures are well within the historical era: The first half of the millennium is dominated by the Middle Kingdom of Egypt and Babylonia .
2nd millennium From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The 2nd millennium started on January 1, 1001 and ended on December 31, 2000. It is not to be confused with the 1000s millennium which started on January 1, 1000 and ended on December 31, 1999.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The 2nd millennium BC is the time between the Middle and the late Bronze Age. The first half of the millennium saw a lot of activity by the Middle Kingdom of Egypt and Babylonia.
Thus, the first millennium was from the year 1 to the end of the year 1000, the second millennium from 1001 to the end of 2000, and so on. The "year 2000" has been a popular phrase referring to an often utopian future, or a year when stories in such a future were set, adding to its cultural significance.
2000 was a century leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2000th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 1000th and last year of the 2nd millennium, the 100th and last year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 2000s decade.
The second half of the millennium is characterized as the Early Middle Ages in Europe, and marked by the Viking expansion in the west, the rise of the Byzantine Empire in the east. In East Asia, the first millennium was also a time of great cultural advances, notably the spread of Buddhism to East Asia.