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This article is about the year 538. For the number, see 538 (number). For other uses, see 538 (disambiguation).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 5th century6th century7th century
Decades: 500s  510s  520s  – 530s –  540s  550s  560s
Years: 535 536 537538539 540 541
538 by topic
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538 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 538
Ab urbe condita 1291
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 5288
Bahá'í calendar −1306 – −1305
Bengali calendar −55
Berber calendar 1488
English Regnal year N/A
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 460–461
 - Kali Yuga 3639–3640
Holocene calendar 10538
Igbo calendar −462 – −461
Iranian calendar 84 BP – 83 BP
Islamic calendar 87 BH – 86 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar 538
Korean calendar 2871
Minguo calendar 1374 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 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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  • The Third Council of Orléans takes place and prohibits rural labor on Sunday.
  • Buddhism is introduced formally into Japan (by some accounts; see also 552).
  • The prophetic time of the 1260 Years predicted, according to Protestants, in the Books Daniel and Revelation began. Catholics see 1260 days = 42 months = 3 and a half years predicted in the Book of Revelation, as plainly written. And do not see the 1798 attack on Papacy as being their end.




  1. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico II
  2. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.XIII
  3. ^ Martindale et al. p. 125, 255, 641