|554 by topic|
|Ab urbe condita||1307|
|Balinese saka calendar||475–476|
|Chinese calendar||癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
3250 or 3190
— to —
甲戌年 (Wood Dog)
3251 or 3191
|- Vikram Samvat||610–611|
|- Shaka Samvat||475–476|
|- Kali Yuga||3654–3655|
|Iranian calendar||68 BP – 67 BP|
|Islamic calendar||70 BH – 69 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1358 before ROC
|Seleucid era||865/866 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||1096–1097|
680 or 299 or −473
— to —
681 or 300 or −472
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Year 554 (DLIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 554 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.
- August 13 – Byzantine Emperor Justinian I issues a Pragmatic sanction reorganizing Italy and rewards the praetorian prefect Liberius for over 60 years of distinguished service, granting him extensive estates in Italy.
- October – Battle of the Volturnus: In the spring Butilinus (Buccelin) has marched north; the Frankish army (infected by an epidemic of dysentery which kills their leader Leutharis (Lothair)) is reduced to about 30,000 men. The Byzantine army, with 18,000 men (including a contingent of Goths under Aligern), marches south to meet them at Casilinum (on the banks of the River Volturno). Byzantine eunuch general Narses sends a cavalry force under Chanaranges to destroy the supply wagons of the Franks. Outmanoeuvring Butilinus, he chooses a disposition similar to that at Taginae. After a frontal assault on the Byzantine centre, the Franks and the Alamanni are annihilated, thus effectively ending the Gothic War (535–554). Narses garrisons in Italy an army of 16,000 men. The recovery of the Italian Peninsula has cost the empire about 300,000 pounds of gold.
- Byzantine forces under Liberius seize Granada (Andalusia) and occupy the old province of Baetica. Justinian I calls Belisarius out of retirement, to complete the consolidation of reconquered regions of Southern Spain.
- Athanagild is crowned as king of the Visigoths and succeeds Agila I. He acknowledges the suzerainty of the Byzantine Empire.
- Al-Mundhir III ibn al-Nu'man is defeated and killed by the Ghassanids under al-Harith ibn Jabalah, at the battle of Yawm Halima; 'Amr III ibn al-Mundhir succeeds as king of the Lakhmids.
- Gong Di succeeds his brother Fei Di as emperor of Western Wei. He is deposed by general Yuwen Tai and puts him to death.
- The province of Jiangling (Central China) is captured; 100,000 inhabitants are enslaved and distributed to generals and officials.
- Wei Shou completes compilation of the Book of Wei.
- Baekje and the Gaya Confederacy wage war upon Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, but are defeated.
- Muqan Qaghan succeeds his brother Issik Qaghan as emperor (khagan) of the Göktürks.
- The second and larger of the two Buddhas of Bamyan is erected in central Afghanistan.
- Fei Di, emperor of the Chen Dynasty (d. 570)
- Suiko, empress of Japan (d. 628)
- Wendelin of Trier, hermit and abbot (approximate date)
- Agila I, king of the Visigoths
- Al-Mundhir III ibn al-Nu'man, king of the Lakhmids (Iraq)
- Fei Di, emperor of Western Wei
- Liberius, Roman aristocrat (approximate date)
- Seong, king of Baekje (Korea)
- Yuwen, empress of Western Wei (approximate date)
- O'Donnell, James. Liberius. p. 69.
- Norwich, John Julius. Byzantium: The Early Centuries. p. 233.
- Cohen, Roger. "Return to Bamiyan", The New York Times, October 29, 2007. Accessed October 29, 2007.
- Jean Leclerq, "The Love of Learning and the Desire for God", 2nd revised edition (New York: Fordham, Fordham University Press, (1977), p. 25