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|385 by topic|
|Ab urbe condita||1138|
|Balinese saka calendar||306–307|
|Chinese calendar||甲申年 (Wood Monkey)|
3081 or 3021
— to —
乙酉年 (Wood Rooster)
3082 or 3022
|- Vikram Samvat||441–442|
|- Shaka Samvat||306–307|
|- Kali Yuga||3485–3486|
|Iranian calendar||237 BP – 236 BP|
|Islamic calendar||244 BH – 243 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1527 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||696/697 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||927–928|
511 or 130 or −642
— to —
512 or 131 or −641
Year 385 (CCCLXXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Bauto (or, less frequently, year 1138 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 385 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.
- The Roman synod exiles the prophet Jerome, who has incorporated ideas first propounded by the Roman statesman Cicero. He departs for Egypt, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, accompanied by the Christian ascetic Paula, who will edit Jerome's translation of the Bible, which becomes the Latin Vulgate.
- Copper extraction and casting begins in the mines of Kansanshi in southernmost Africa, at the border of Zaire and Zambia.
Arts and Sciences
- Ammianus Marcellinus begins writing a history, in the style of Tacitus, covering the years AD 96–378.
- The Serapeum in Alexandria is destroyed.
- Theophilus becomes Patriarch of Alexandria.
- Pope Siricius issues a decretal, proclaiming the primacy of Rome and the priestly obligation of celibacy.
- Priscillian, Spanish bishop, is accused of Manichaeism and magic, and beheaded at Trier . He becomes the first person in the history of Christianity to be executed for heresy.
Sport in the Roman Empire
- Aurelios Zopyros becomes the last reported athlete at the Ancient Olympic Games. He is victor in "junior boxing" (pankration).
- Avitus, Western Roman Emperor (approximate date)
- Murong Chao, emperor of the Xianbei state Southern Yan (d. 410)
- Murong Xi, emperor of the Xianbei state Later Yan (d. 407)
- Pulcheria, daughter of Theodosius I (d. 386)
- Saint Patrick, missionary in Ireland (approximate date)
- Paulus Orosius, historian and theologian (approximate date)
- Xie Lingyun, Chinese poet of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (d. 433)
- October 16 – Fú Jiān, emperor of the Chinese Di state Former Qin (b. 337)
- Aelia Flaccilla, Roman empress and wife of Theodosius I
- Chimnyu, king of Baekje (Korea)
- Dao An, Buddhist monk of the Jin Dynasty (b. 312)
- Murong Wei, emperor of the Xianbei state Former Yan (b. 350)
- Priscillian, Spanish bishop and theologian
- Xie An, statesman of the Jin Dynasty (b. 320)