241 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 4th century BC3rd century BC2nd century BC
Decades: 270s BC  260s BC  250s BC  – 240s BC –  230s BC  220s BC  210s BC
Years: 244 BC 243 BC 242 BC241 BC240 BC 239 BC 238 BC
241 BC by topic
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241 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 241 BC
Ab urbe condita 513
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4510
Bahá'í calendar −2084 – −2083
Bengali calendar −833
Berber calendar 710
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 304
Burmese calendar −878
Byzantine calendar 5268–5269
Chinese calendar 己未(Earth Goat)
2456 or 2396
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
2457 or 2397
Coptic calendar −524 – −523
Discordian calendar 926
Ethiopian calendar −248 – −247
Hebrew calendar 3520–3521
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −184 – −183
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2861–2862
Holocene calendar 9760
Igbo calendar −1240 – −1239
Iranian calendar 862 BP – 861 BP
Islamic calendar 889 BH – 887 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2093
Minguo calendar 2152 before ROC
民前2152年
Thai solar calendar 303

Year 241 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Atticus and Cerco (or, less frequently, year 513 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 241 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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By place[edit]

Greece[edit]

  • The Eurypontid King of Sparta, Agis IV, is called away from Sparta when Aratus of Sicyon, temporarily Sparta's ally, requests Agis' aid in his war against the Aetolians. Upon his return, Agis finds that his supporters are discontented with the rule of his uncle, Agesilaus, and are disillusioned by the delay in implementing the Agis IV's reforms. As a result, the Agiad king of Sparta, Leonidas II, gains power, supported by mercenaries. Rather than engage in a war with Leonidas, Agis takes sanctuary in a temple, but is enticed out, summarily tried and then executed, along with his mother and grandmother.
  • Archidamus V, son of the Spartan King, Eudamidas II, and grandson of Archidamus IV, flees to Messenia after the murder of his brother Agis IV.
  • As general of the Achaean League, Aratus of Sicyon defeats the Aetolians at Pellene and then pursues a policy of establishing democracies in the Peloponnese.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • March 10 – The Carthaginian fleet sent to relieve the Roman blockade of the Sicilian cities of Lilybaeum and Drepanum is totally defeated near the Aegates Islands off western Sicily by the Roman fleet led by Roman consul and commander, Gaius Lutatius Catulus. The result is a decisive Roman victory which forces an end to the protracted First Punic War, to Rome's distinct advantage.
  • The Carthaginians under Hamilcar Barca are forced to accept severe peace terms and agree to evacuate Sicily. As part of the treaty with Rome, Carthage agrees to abandon all its claims on Sicily, to refrain from sailing her warships in Italian waters and to pay an indemnity of 3,200 talents. However, the Carthaginian army is allowed to return home with its arms. Rome is now the dominant power in the Western Mediterranean basin.

Carthage[edit]

  • A mercenary army of some 20,000 is transported from Sicily to Carthaginian territory, by Carthaginian commander, Gesco. On arrival in Carthaginian territory, the mercenaries submit a demand to Hanno the Great for payment of their contracts. Hanno attempts, unsuccessfully, to convince the mercenaries to accept smaller payments due to Carthage's impoverished post-war conditions. Negotiations break down. The mercenaries take up arms, march on Tunis, occupy it, and threaten Carthage directly.
  • Given their strong position, the mercenaries inflate their demands and demand payment for the non-mercenary Libyan conscripts in the army as well. Gesco is sent to negotiate with the mercenaries at Tunis.

Pergamum[edit]

Egypt[edit]

China[edit]

  • Five of the seven major warring states: Chu, Zhao, Wei, Yan, and Han, formed an alliance to fight the rising power of Qin. King Kaolie of Chu was named the leader of the alliance, and Lord Chunshen the military commander. The allies attacked Qin at the strategic Hangu Pass, but were defeated. Afterwards, Chu moved its capital east to Shouchun, farther away from the threat of Qin.


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