397 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 397
Ab urbe condita 1150
Assyrian calendar 5147
Balinese saka calendar 318–319
Bengali calendar −196
Berber calendar 1347
Buddhist calendar 941
Burmese calendar −241
Byzantine calendar 5905–5906
Chinese calendar 丙申(Fire Monkey)
3093 or 3033
    — to —
丁酉年 (Fire Rooster)
3094 or 3034
Coptic calendar 113–114
Discordian calendar 1563
Ethiopian calendar 389–390
Hebrew calendar 4157–4158
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 453–454
 - Shaka Samvat 318–319
 - Kali Yuga 3497–3498
Holocene calendar 10397
Iranian calendar 225 BP – 224 BP
Islamic calendar 232 BH – 231 BH
Javanese calendar 280–281
Julian calendar 397
Korean calendar 2730
Minguo calendar 1515 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1071
Seleucid era 708/709 AG
Thai solar calendar 939–940
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. At the time, 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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  • 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 left Greece in order to prepare for military action in northern Africa, where a rebellion (see Gildonic Revolt in 398) seemed 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: Zeitshrift Fur Alte Gesichte. 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.

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