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This article is about the year 261. For the number, see 261 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 2nd century3rd century4th century
Decades: 230s  240s  250s  – 260s –  270s  280s  290s
Years: 258 259 260261262 263 264
261 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
261 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 261
Ab urbe condita 1014
Assyrian calendar 5011
Bengali calendar −332
Berber calendar 1211
Buddhist calendar 805
Burmese calendar −377
Byzantine calendar 5769–5770
Chinese calendar 庚辰(Metal Dragon)
2957 or 2897
    — to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
2958 or 2898
Coptic calendar −23 – −22
Discordian calendar 1427
Ethiopian calendar 253–254
Hebrew calendar 4021–4022
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 317–318
 - Shaka Samvat 183–184
 - Kali Yuga 3362–3363
Holocene calendar 10261
Iranian calendar 361 BP – 360 BP
Islamic calendar 372 BH – 371 BH
Julian calendar 261
Korean calendar 2594
Minguo calendar 1651 before ROC
Seleucid era 572/573 AG
Thai solar calendar 803–804

Year 261 (CCLXI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Gallienus and Taurus (or, less frequently, year 1014 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 261 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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