Year 259 (CCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Aemilianus and Bassus (or, less frequently, year 1012 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 259 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.
|Ab urbe condita||1012|
|Balinese saka calendar||180–181|
|Chinese calendar||戊寅年 (Earth Tiger)|
2955 or 2895
— to —
己卯年 (Earth Rabbit)
2956 or 2896
|Coptic calendar||−25 – −24|
|- Vikram Samvat||315–316|
|- Shaka Samvat||180–181|
|- Kali Yuga||3359–3360|
|Iranian calendar||363 BP – 362 BP|
|Islamic calendar||374 BH – 373 BH|
|Minguo calendar||1653 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||570/571 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||801–802|
385 or 4 or −768
— to —
386 or 5 or −767
- Emperor Valerian leads an army (70,000 men) to relieve Edessa, besieged by the forces of Persian King Shapur I. An outbreak of a plague kills many legionaries, weakening the Roman position in Syria.
- Battle of Mediolanum: A Germanic confederation, the Alamanni (300,000 warriors), who crossed the Alps, are defeated by Roman legions under Gallienus, near Mediolanum (modern Milan).
- Postumus revolts against Gallienus in Gaul. The western provinces of Britain and Spain join his independent realm—which is called in modern times the Gallic Empire.
- Postumus, governor of Gaul, declares himself Emperor, and continues to rule the Gallic Empire until 269, when he is killed by his soldiers.
- The Roman fort of Wiesbaden (Germany) is captured by the Alamanni (possibly 260).
- The Franks, who invaded the Roman Empire near Cologne in 257, reach Tarraco in Hispania.
- Mesopotamia: Odaenathus, the ruler of the kingdom of Palmyra, sacks the city of Nehardea, destroying its great yeshiva.
- January 10 – Polyeuctus, Roman saint
- January 18 – Sun Chen, Chinese general and regent of the Eastern Wu state (b. 232)
- Augurius of Tarragona, Christian Hispano-Roman clergyman
- Fructuosus, Christian saint, bishop and martyr.
- Geodeung Wang, king of Gaya
- Wang Chang, Chinese general of the Cao Wei state