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Millennium: 1st millennium
397 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar397
Ab urbe condita1150
Assyrian calendar5147
Balinese saka calendar318–319
Bengali calendar−196
Berber calendar1347
Buddhist calendar941
Burmese calendar−241
Byzantine calendar5905–5906
Chinese calendar丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
3094 or 2887
    — to —
丁酉年 (Fire Rooster)
3095 or 2888
Coptic calendar113–114
Discordian calendar1563
Ethiopian calendar389–390
Hebrew calendar4157–4158
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat453–454
 - Shaka Samvat318–319
 - Kali Yuga3497–3498
Holocene calendar10397
Iranian calendar225 BP – 224 BP
Islamic calendar232 BH – 231 BH
Javanese calendar280–281
Julian calendar397
Korean calendar2730
Minguo calendar1515 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1071
Seleucid era708/709 AG
Thai solar calendar939–940
Tibetan calendar阳火猴年
(male Fire-Monkey)
523 or 142 or −630
    — to —
(female Fire-Rooster)
524 or 143 or −629

Year 397 (CCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. In the Roman Empire, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Caesarius and Atticus (or, less frequently, year 1150 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 397 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]

  • Gothic War (395-398): Stilicho traps the Visigoths under King Alaric in the Peloponnese, but decides to abandon the campaign against the Visigoths in Greece, thus allowing King Alaric to escape north to Epirus with his loot. Presumably, Stilicho has left Greece in order to prepare for military action in northern Africa, where a rebellion (see Gildonic Revolt in 398) seems imminent.[1]
  • Emperor Honorius passes a law making barbarian styles of dress illegal in the city of Rome. As a result of this law, everybody in Rome is forbidden from wearing boots, trousers, animal skins, and long hair. This law is passed in response to the increasing popularity of barbarian fashions among the people of Rome.[2][3]


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  1. ^ Burrell, Emma (2004). "A Re-Examination of Why Stilicho Abandoned His Pursuit of Alaric in 397". Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. 53 (2): 251–256. JSTOR 4436726.
  2. ^ Aldrete, Gregory S.; Aldrete, Alicia (February 7, 2019). The Long Shadow of Antiquity: What Have the Greeks and Romans Done for Us?. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-350-10052-7.
  3. ^ Elton, Hugh (1996). "Fravitta and Barbarian Career Opportunities in Constantinople". Medieval Prosopography. 17 (1): 95–106. ISSN 0198-9405. JSTOR 44946209.