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This article is about the year 538. For other uses, see 538 (disambiguation).
Millennium: 1st millennium
538 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 538
Ab urbe condita 1291
Assyrian calendar 5288
Bengali calendar −55
Berber calendar 1488
Buddhist calendar 1082
Burmese calendar −100
Byzantine calendar 6046–6047
Chinese calendar 丁巳(Fire Snake)
3234 or 3174
    — to —
戊午年 (Earth Horse)
3235 or 3175
Coptic calendar 254–255
Discordian calendar 1704
Ethiopian calendar 530–531
Hebrew calendar 4298–4299
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 594–595
 - Shaka Samvat 459–460
 - Kali Yuga 3638–3639
Holocene calendar 10538
Iranian calendar 84 BP – 83 BP
Islamic calendar 87 BH – 86 BH
Javanese calendar 425–426
Julian calendar 538
Korean calendar 2871
Minguo calendar 1374 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −930
Seleucid era 849/850 AG
Thai solar calendar 1080–1081

Year 538 (DXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Iohannes without colleague (or, less frequently, year 1291 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 538 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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Byzantine Empire



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Notes and references


  1. ^ Famine is described as "T538.1, Failure of bread" in the Annals of Tigernach.[4]


  1. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico II
  2. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.XIII
  3. ^ Martindale et al. p. 125, 255, 641
  4. ^ Mac Niocaill 2010, pp. T538.1.

Secondary sources

  • Mac Niocaill, Gearóid (2010). "The Annals of Tigernach". CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College Cork, College Road, Cork, Ireland. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
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