AD 538
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AD 538

538 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar538
Ab urbe condita1291
Assyrian calendar5288
Balinese saka calendar459-460
Bengali calendar-55
Berber calendar1488
Buddhist calendar1082
Burmese calendar-100
Byzantine calendar6046-6047
Chinese calendar? (Fire Snake)
3234 or 3174
    -- to --
(Earth Horse)
3235 or 3175
Coptic calendar254-255
Discordian calendar1704
Ethiopian calendar530-531
Hebrew calendar4298-4299
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat594-595
 - Shaka Samvat459-460
 - Kali Yuga3638-3639
Holocene calendar10538
Iranian calendar84 BP - 83 BP
Islamic calendar87 BH - 86 BH
Javanese calendar425-426
Julian calendar538
Korean calendar2871
Minguo calendar1374 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar-930
Seleucid era849/850 AG
Thai solar calendar1080-1081
Tibetan calendar?
(female Fire-Snake)
664 or 283 or -489
    -- to --
(male Earth-Horse)
665 or 284 or -488

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.


By place

Byzantine Empire



By topic


  • As a result of persecutions by the Byzantine Empire, Monophysite Christians establish the Coptic Church in Alexandria (approximate date).
  • The Third Council of Orléans takes place and prohibits rural labor on Sunday.
  • The first time since Emperor Justinian's decree of 533 that John became the Bishop of Rome, Chief Bishop of all the churches. The supremacy of the Bishop of Rome over the Church could actually be implemented by Vigilius.




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.
  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 2016.

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