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Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 4th century5th century6th century
Decades: 370s  380s  390s  – 400s –  410s  420s  430s
Years: 405 406 407408409 410 411
408 by topic
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408 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 408
Ab urbe condita 1161
Assyrian calendar 5158
Bengali calendar −185
Berber calendar 1358
Buddhist calendar 952
Burmese calendar −230
Byzantine calendar 5916–5917
Chinese calendar 丁未(Fire Goat)
3104 or 3044
    — to —
戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
3105 or 3045
Coptic calendar 124–125
Discordian calendar 1574
Ethiopian calendar 400–401
Hebrew calendar 4168–4169
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 464–465
 - Shaka Samvat 330–331
 - Kali Yuga 3509–3510
Holocene calendar 10408
Iranian calendar 214 BP – 213 BP
Islamic calendar 221 BH – 220 BH
Julian calendar 408
Korean calendar 2741
Minguo calendar 1504 before ROC
Seleucid era 719/720 AG
Thai solar calendar 950–951
Emperor Constantine III (407–411)

Year 408 (CDVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Bassus and Philippus (or, less frequently, year 1161 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 408 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


  • King Yazdegerd I of Persia maintains cordial relations with the Roman Empire. He becomes an executor of Arcadius' will and is entrusted with the care of the young Theodosius II until he comes of age.

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  • Alaric I exacts a tribute from Rome that includes 3,000 pounds of pepper. The spice is valued for alleged medicinal virtues and for disguising spoilage in meat that is past its prime.




  1. The End of Empire. Christopher Kelly, 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-33849-2