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Millennium: 1st millennium
537 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar537
Ab urbe condita1290
Assyrian calendar5287
Balinese saka calendar458–459
Bengali calendar−56
Berber calendar1487
Buddhist calendar1081
Burmese calendar−101
Byzantine calendar6045–6046
Chinese calendar丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
3233 or 3173
    — to —
丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
3234 or 3174
Coptic calendar253–254
Discordian calendar1703
Ethiopian calendar529–530
Hebrew calendar4297–4298
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat593–594
 - Shaka Samvat458–459
 - Kali Yuga3637–3638
Holocene calendar10537
Iranian calendar85 BP – 84 BP
Islamic calendar88 BH – 87 BH
Javanese calendar424–425
Julian calendar537
Korean calendar2870
Minguo calendar1375 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−931
Seleucid era848/849 AG
Thai solar calendar1079–1080
Tibetan calendar阳火龙年
(male Fire-Dragon)
663 or 282 or −490
    — to —
(female Fire-Snake)
664 or 283 or −489
The combat of King Arthur and Mordred

Year 537 (DXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Second year after the Consulship of Belisarius (or, less frequently, year 1290 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 537 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]




  • Eastern Wei sends an advance guard of three army columns through the Tong Pass, to attack Western Wei. The Western army under Yu-Wen Tai defeats one of the columns while the others retreat. Yu-Wen follows up, but runs into the main Eastern army (200,000 men). The Westerners are pushed back through the pass, and the Eastern army emerges from the mountains. Unexpectedly they are charged in the flank by 10,000 Western cavalry, and 6,000 Easterners are killed and 70,000 captured.[10]
  • John Cottistis starts a short-lived rebellion against Justinian I. He is declared emperor at Dara, but is killed four days later by conspiring soldiers.[11]


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  • The Aqua Virgo aqueduct is destroyed by the Goths; they try to use the underground channel as a secret route to invade Rome.[12]





Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Famine is described as "AI537.1, Failure of bread" in the Annals of Inisfallen.[13]


  1. ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIX, p. 182–183
  2. ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIX, p. 185
  3. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.XXIII
  4. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico I.XXVII
  5. ^ Bury (1923), Ch. XIX, p. 188
  6. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico II.VI
  7. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico II.V
  8. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico, II.VII
  9. ^ Bury 1958, pp. 144–145
  10. ^ Imperial Chinese Armies (p. 42). C.J. Peers, 1995. ISBN 978-1-85532-514-2
  11. ^ Martindale, Jones & Morris 1992, pp. 639–640
  12. ^ Procopius, De Bello Gothico II.IX
  13. ^ Mac Airt 2000–2008, pp. AI537.1.

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