398 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 5th century BC4th century BC3rd century BC
Decades: 420s BC  410s BC  400s BC  – 390s BC –  380s BC  370s BC  360s BC
Years: 401 BC 400 BC 399 BC398 BC397 BC 396 BC 395 BC
398 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 398 BC
Ab urbe condita 356
Ancient Egypt era XXIX dynasty, 1
- Pharaoh Nepherites I, 1
Ancient Greek era 95th Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar 4353
Bengali calendar −990
Berber calendar 553
Buddhist calendar 147
Burmese calendar −1035
Byzantine calendar 5111–5112
Chinese calendar 壬午(Water Horse)
2299 or 2239
    — to —
癸未年 (Water Goat)
2300 or 2240
Coptic calendar −681 – −680
Discordian calendar 769
Ethiopian calendar −405 – −404
Hebrew calendar 3363–3364
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −341 – −340
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2704–2705
Holocene calendar 9603
Iranian calendar 1019 BP – 1018 BP
Islamic calendar 1050 BH – 1049 BH
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1936
Minguo calendar 2309 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 145–146

Year 398 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Tribunate of Potitus, Medullinus, Lactucinus, Fidenas, Camillus and Cornutus (or, less frequently, year 356 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 398 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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  • Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, breaks his peace treaty with Carthage and strikes at Carthaginian cities in the western corner of Sicily which have been weakened by the plague. There is a massacre of Carthaginians in many of these cities. Motya, with its fine harbour, is attacked and captured.