AD 404

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Millennium: 1st millennium
404 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar404
Ab urbe condita1157
Assyrian calendar5154
Balinese saka calendar325–326
Bengali calendar−189
Berber calendar1354
Buddhist calendar948
Burmese calendar−234
Byzantine calendar5912–5913
Chinese calendar癸卯(Water Rabbit)
3100 or 3040
    — to —
甲辰年 (Wood Dragon)
3101 or 3041
Coptic calendar120–121
Discordian calendar1570
Ethiopian calendar396–397
Hebrew calendar4164–4165
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat460–461
 - Shaka Samvat325–326
 - Kali Yuga3504–3505
Holocene calendar10404
Iranian calendar218 BP – 217 BP
Islamic calendar225 BH – 224 BH
Javanese calendar287–288
Julian calendar404
Korean calendar2737
Minguo calendar1508 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1064
Seleucid era715/716 AG
Thai solar calendar946–947
Tibetan calendar阴水兔年
(female Water-Rabbit)
530 or 149 or −623
    — to —
(male Wood-Dragon)
531 or 150 or −622
John Chrysostom confronting Empress Eudoxia, by Jean-Paul Laurens

Year 404 (CDIV) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Honorius and Aristaenetus (or, less frequently, year 1157 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 404 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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Roman Empire[edit]

  • January 1 – Last known gladiator fight in Rome: This date is usually given as the date of the martyrdom of Saint Telemachus, a Christian monk who was stoned by the crowd for trying to stop a gladiators' fight in a Roman amphitheatre.
  • October 6 – Empress Eudoxia has her seventh and last pregnancy, which ends in a miscarriage. She is left bleeding and dies of an infection short after.
  • Fravitta, a Goth serving the Eastern Roman Empire as a high-ranking general, is executed on the behest of a powerful official named Ioannes. Fravitta is executed because he accused Ioannes of pitting Emperor Arcadius and Emperor Honorius (of the Eastern and Western Roman Empires, respectively) against each other. The execution of Fravitta results in the Eastern Roman Empire losing one of their most loyal and competent generals.[1] (404 or 405)


  • Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo (Korea) attacks Liaodong and takes the entire Liaodong Peninsula.
  • The Chinese Buddhist monk Huiyuan, who founded the Pure Land Buddhism sect and the monastery on Mount Lushan, writes the book On Why Monks Do Not Bow Down Before Kings in this year. In his book he argues that although the Buddhist clergy should remain independent and undisturbed by politics, the Buddhist laymen nonetheless make good subjects under monarchs, due to their fear of retribution of karma and desire to be reborn in paradise.

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  1. ^ Elton, Hugh (1996). "Fravitta and Barbarian Career Opportunities in Constantinople". Medieval Prosopography. 17 (1): 95–106. ISSN 0198-9405. JSTOR 44946209.