211 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 4th century BC3rd century BC2nd century BC
Decades: 240s BC  230s BC  220s BC  – 210s BC –  200s BC  190s BC  180s BC
Years: 214 BC 213 BC 212 BC211 BC210 BC 209 BC 208 BC
211 BC by topic
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211 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 211 BC
Ab urbe condita 543
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4540
Bahá'í calendar −2054 – −2053
Bengali calendar −803
Berber calendar 740
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 334
Burmese calendar −848
Byzantine calendar 5298–5299
Chinese calendar 己丑(Earth Ox)
2486 or 2426
    — to —
庚寅年 (Metal Tiger)
2487 or 2427
Coptic calendar −494 – −493
Discordian calendar 956
Ethiopian calendar −218 – −217
Hebrew calendar 3550–3551
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −154 – −153
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2891–2892
Holocene calendar 9790
Igbo calendar −1210 – −1209
Iranian calendar 832 BP – 831 BP
Islamic calendar 858 BH – 857 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2123
Minguo calendar 2122 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 333

Year 211 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Maximus and Maximus (or, less frequently, year 543 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 211 BC 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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Seleucid Empire[edit]


Roman Republic[edit]

  • With the capture of Syracuse, the Romans are able to pacify all of Sicily.
  • The Romans besiege the town of Capua (which is allied with Hannibal). The town eventually falls to the Romans and its citizens are punished by them. The town's nobility are put to the sword, its territory is confiscated and its municipal organisation is dissolved.
  • Hannibal marches northwards on the city of Rome in a belated and unsuccessful effort to capture the city.
  • Rome faces the burdens of inflation and the danger of famine, caused by the disturbed conditions in Italy and Sicily and the withdrawal of so many men from farming. The situation is only relieved by an urgent appeal by the Romans to the King of Egypt, Ptolemy IV, from whom grain is purchased at three times the usual price.


  • The Roman commander Marcus Valerius Laevinus explores the possibility of an alliance with the Aetolian League as the Aetolians are once again ready to consider taking up arms against their traditional enemy, Macedonia. A treaty is signed to counter Philip V of Macedon who is allied to Hannibal. Under the treaty, the Aetolians are to conduct operations on land, the Romans at sea. Also, Rome will keep any slaves and other booty taken and Aetolia will receive control of any territory acquired.