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Millennium: 1st millennium
272 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar272
Ab urbe condita1025
Assyrian calendar5022
Balinese saka calendar193–194
Bengali calendar−321
Berber calendar1222
Buddhist calendar816
Burmese calendar−366
Byzantine calendar5780–5781
Chinese calendar辛卯年 (Metal Rabbit)
2968 or 2908
    — to —
壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
2969 or 2909
Coptic calendar−12 – −11
Discordian calendar1438
Ethiopian calendar264–265
Hebrew calendar4032–4033
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat328–329
 - Shaka Samvat193–194
 - Kali Yuga3372–3373
Holocene calendar10272
Iranian calendar350 BP – 349 BP
Islamic calendar361 BH – 360 BH
Javanese calendar151–152
Julian calendar272
Korean calendar2605
Minguo calendar1640 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1196
Seleucid era583/584 AG
Thai solar calendar814–815
Tibetan calendar阴金兔年
(female Iron-Rabbit)
398 or 17 or −755
    — to —
(male Water-Dragon)
399 or 18 or −754

Year 272 (CCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Postumius and Veldumnianus (or, less frequently, year 1025 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 272 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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Roman Empire[edit]

  • Emperor Aurelian launches a two-pronged invasion of the Palmyrene Empire, sending his commander Marcus Aurelius Probus to restore Roman rule in Egypt while he marches into Asia Minor.
  • As part of a strategy of clemency, Aurelian spares Tyana after capturing the city. This strategy encourages units under Zenobia to defect to Aurelian.
  • Battle of Immae: Aurelian defeats the Palmyrene heavy cavalry (clibanarii) near Antioch. Queen Zenobia flees under cover of darkness to Emesa (Syria).
  • Aurelian supports the bishops of Italy in deposing the bishop of Antioch, Paul of Samosata, who had been a supporter of Zenobia. This is the first recorded instance of an imperial intervention in an ecclesiastical dispute.
  • Battle of Emesa: Aurelian decisively defeats the Palmyrene army.
  • Aurelian besieges Palmyra. Zenobia attempts to escape to Persia but is captured on the Euphrates. Palmyra surrenders soon after.
  • Following a series of trials held in Emesa, Cassius Longinus and other advisors of Zenobia are executed for conspiring against Aurelian.

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