|Centuries:||4th century – 5th century – 6th century|
|Decades:||440s 450s 460s – 470s – 480s 490s 500s|
|Years:||469 470 471 – 472 – 473 474 475|
|472 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishment and disestablishment categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||1225|
|Chinese calendar||辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
3168 or 3108
— to —
壬子年 (Water Rat)
3169 or 3109
|- Vikram Samvat||528–529|
|- Shaka Samvat||394–395|
|- Kali Yuga||3573–3574|
|Iranian calendar||150 BP – 149 BP|
|Islamic calendar||155 BH – 154 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1440 before ROC
|Seleucid era||783/784 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1014–1015|
Year 472 (CDLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Festus and Marcianus (or, less frequently, year 1225 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 472 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 Western Roman Empire enters a period of unrest. Relations between Ricimer, de facto ruler, and emperor Anthemius deteriorates completely. Epiphanius, bishop of Pavia, negotiates a peace agreement.
- July 11 – Anthemius, besieged in the part of Rome he controls until his troops are defeated, is caught while fleeing the city disguised as a supplicant in the Old St. Peter's Basilica or at the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and later beheaded by Gundobad or Ricimer. Ricimer proclaims Olybrius emperor. Ricimer's nephew, the Burgundian general Gundobad assumes command of the Western army and holds de facto power in the Empire.
- August 18 – Ricimer dies at his palace in malignant fever, vomiting blood.
- November 2 – Olybrius dies of dropsy. During his four months rule he has been mainly interested in religion.
- Mount Vesuvius erupts. During the volcanic eruption the whole of southern Europe is blanketed by ash.
- July 11 – Anthemius, emperor of the Western Roman Empire
- Ming Di, Chinese emperor of the Liu Song Dynasty (b. 439)
- November 2 – Olybrius, emperor of the Western Roman Empire
- August 18 – Ricimer, de facto ruler of the Western Roman Empire