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|284 by topic|
|Ab urbe condita||1037|
|Balinese saka calendar||205–206|
|Chinese calendar||癸卯年 (Water Rabbit)|
2980 or 2920
— to —
甲辰年 (Wood Dragon)
2981 or 2921
|- Vikram Samvat||340–341|
|- Shaka Samvat||205–206|
|- Kali Yuga||3384–3385|
|Iranian calendar||338 BP – 337 BP|
|Islamic calendar||348 BH – 347 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1628 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||595/596 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||826–827|
410 or 29 or −743
— to —
411 or 30 or −742
Year 284 (CCLXXXIV) was a leap 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 Carinus and Numerianus (or, less frequently, year 1037 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 284 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.
- Emperor Numerian travels through Bithynia (Asia Minor) on his way home to Rome. Suffering from an inflammation of the eyes, he travels in a closed litter in which soldiers find his decaying corpse.
- November 20 – The commander of Numerian's domestici (household troops), Diocles, is chosen to be the new emperor. In a military assembly outside Nicomedia (modern İzmit, Turkey), Diocles claims that the praetorian prefect (and rival for the throne) Arrius Aper murdered Numerian, and he personally stabs and kills the prefect on the spot. The new emperor changes his name to the Latinised 'Diocletian'. Building on existing trends, Diocletian presents his rule as that of a god-like dominus or autocrat.
- Sabinus Julianus, the praetorian prefect of Emperor Carinus, exploits the instability and usurps the throne in northern Italy.
- King of Kings Bahram II installs Mirian III, of the House of Mihran, on the throne of the Kingdom of Iberia. Mirian would rule the kingdom until his death in c. 361.
- Rufinus succeeds Dometius as Bishop of Byzantium.
- Fu Hong (or Pu Hong), Chinese general and prince (d. 350)
- Huai of Jin, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty (d. 313)
- November 20 – Numerian, Roman emperor (b. 254)
- Lucius Flavius Aper, Roman general and praetorian prefect
- Sun Hao, Chinese emperor of the Eastern Wu state (b. 243)
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