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This article is about the year 531. For the number, see 531 (number). For the brand of bicycle tubing, see Reynolds 531.
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 5th century6th century7th century
Decades: 500s  510s  520s  – 530s –  540s  550s  560s
Years: 528 529 530531532 533 534
531 by topic
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Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
531 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 531
Ab urbe condita 1284
Assyrian calendar 5281
Bengali calendar −62
Berber calendar 1481
Buddhist calendar 1075
Burmese calendar −107
Byzantine calendar 6039–6040
Chinese calendar 庚戌(Metal Dog)
3227 or 3167
    — to —
辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
3228 or 3168
Coptic calendar 247–248
Discordian calendar 1697
Ethiopian calendar 523–524
Hebrew calendar 4291–4292
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 587–588
 - Shaka Samvat 453–454
 - Kali Yuga 3632–3633
Holocene calendar 10531
Iranian calendar 91 BP – 90 BP
Islamic calendar 94 BH – 93 BH
Julian calendar 531
Korean calendar 2864
Minguo calendar 1381 before ROC
Seleucid era 842/843 AG
Thai solar calendar 1073–1074
King Khosrau I (531–579)

Year 531 (DXXXI) 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 after the Consulship of Lampadius and Probus (or, less frequently, year 1284 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 531 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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Byzantine Empire[edit]



  • King Kavadh I, age 82, dies after a 43-year reign. Khosrau I, his favourite son, is proclaimed successor over his elder brothers.






  1. ^ Isidore of Seville, History of the Goths, chapter 40. Translation by Guido Donini and Gorden B. Ford, Isidore of Seville's History of the Goths, Vandals, and Suevi, second revised edition (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1970), p. 19.
  2. ^ Connor, Steve (2014-07-07). "Our explosive past is written in the Antarctic ice". i (London). p. 17.