247 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: 250 BC 249 BC 248 BC247 BC246 BC 245 BC 244 BC
247 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 247 BC
Ab urbe condita 507
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4504
Bahá'í calendar −2090 – −2089
Bengali calendar −839
Berber calendar 704
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 298
Burmese calendar −884
Byzantine calendar 5262–5263
Chinese calendar 癸丑(Water Ox)
2450 or 2390
    — to —
甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)
2451 or 2391
Coptic calendar −530 – −529
Discordian calendar 920
Ethiopian calendar −254 – −253
Hebrew calendar 3514–3515
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −190 – −189
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2855–2856
Holocene calendar 9754
Igbo calendar −1246 – −1245
Iranian calendar 868 BP – 867 BP
Islamic calendar 895 BH – 894 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2087
Minguo calendar 2158 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 297

Year 247 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Metellus and Buteo (or, less frequently, year 507 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 247 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 this stage in the Punic War, Carthage has lost to Rome all its Sicilian possessions except Lilybaeum (now Marsala) and Drepanum (now Trapani). Hamilcar Barca takes over the chief command of the Carthaginian forces in Sicily at a time when the island is almost completely in the hands of the Romans. Landing on the north-west of the island with a small mercenary force, he seizes a strong position on Mount Ercte (Monte Pellegrino, near Palermo), and not only successfully defends himself against all attacks, but also carries his raids as far as the coast of southern Italy.

Roman Republic[edit]