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This article is about the year 553. For the number, see 553 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 5th century6th century7th century
Decades: 520s  530s  540s  – 550s –  560s  570s  580s
Years: 550 551 552553554 555 556
553 by topic
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553 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 553
Ab urbe condita 1306
Armenian calendar 2
Assyrian calendar 5303
Bengali calendar −40
Berber calendar 1503
Buddhist calendar 1097
Burmese calendar −85
Byzantine calendar 6061–6062
Chinese calendar 壬申(Water Monkey)
3249 or 3189
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
3250 or 3190
Coptic calendar 269–270
Discordian calendar 1719
Ethiopian calendar 545–546
Hebrew calendar 4313–4314
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 609–610
 - Shaka Samvat 475–476
 - Kali Yuga 3654–3655
Holocene calendar 10553
Iranian calendar 69 BP – 68 BP
Islamic calendar 71 BH – 70 BH
Julian calendar 553
Korean calendar 2886
Minguo calendar 1359 before ROC
Seleucid era 864/865 AG
Thai solar calendar 1095–1096

Year 553 (DLIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 553 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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  • Gothic War: Frankish invasion — Two Frankish-Alemanni dukes; the brothers Lothair and Buccelin, cross the Alps from Germany with a force of 75,000 men, mostly Frankish infantry. In the Po Valley, they win an easy victory over a much smaller Byzantine force at Parma, and are joined by remnants of the Gothic armies, bringing the total strength of the invaders to about 90,000 men. Narses, gathering his forces as quickly as possible, marched north to harass the Franks, but is not strong enough to engage them in battle. In Samnium (Southern Italy) the brothers divide their forces; Lothaire goes down the east coast, then returns to the north, to winter in the Po Valley. Buccelin follows the west coast to the very toe of the boot into Calabria, where he spent the winter — his army being seriously wasted by attrition and disease.


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