239 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 4th century BC3rd century BC2nd century BC
Decades: 260s BC  250s BC  240s BC  – 230s BC –  220s BC  210s BC  200s BC
Years: 242 BC 241 BC 240 BC239 BC238 BC 237 BC 236 BC
239 BC by topic
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239 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 239 BC
Ab urbe condita 515
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4512
Bahá'í calendar −2082 – −2081
Bengali calendar −831
Berber calendar 712
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 306
Burmese calendar −876
Byzantine calendar 5270–5271
Chinese calendar 辛酉(Metal Rooster)
2458 or 2398
    — to —
壬戌年 (Water Dog)
2459 or 2399
Coptic calendar −522 – −521
Discordian calendar 928
Ethiopian calendar −246 – −245
Hebrew calendar 3522–3523
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −182 – −181
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2863–2864
Holocene calendar 9762
Igbo calendar −1238 – −1237
Iranian calendar 860 BP – 859 BP
Islamic calendar 886 BH – 885 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2095
Minguo calendar 2150 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 305

Year 239 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Turrinus and Falto (or, less frequently, year 515 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 239 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.


By place[edit]


  • Concerned that Hamilcar Barca's leniency in pardoning those who he has captured who have participated in the Mercenary War will encourage others to defect, Mathos and Spendius order the mutilation and execution of "about seven hundred" Carthaginian prisoners, including Gesco. With the mercenaries jointly guilty of these atrocities, defectors dare not face Carthaginian justice under Hamilcar.
  • Carthage is besieged by the mercenary armies, while the city of Utica revolts and attempts to secede from Carthage. Carthage appeals to Hiero II of Syracuse and to Rome for aid against the mercenaries. However, the mercenary leaders reject the efforts of Roman mediators.
  • Sardinia revolts against Carthage and Rome takes the opportunity to annex the island.


Seleucid Empire[edit]

  • Seleucus II's brother Antiochus Hierax, who is governor of Seleucid Anatolia, sends an army into Syria ostensibly to assist Seleucus but actually to seize the rest of the empire. After achieving peace with Egypt, Seleucus II promptly invades Anatolia and begins the "War of the Brothers".




  • Quintus Ennius, Latin poet and writer, considered the father of Roman poetry (d. 169 BC)