461 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 6th century BC5th century BC4th century BC
Decades: 490s BC  480s BC  470s BC  – 460s BC –  450s BC  440s BC  430s BC
Years: 464 BC 463 BC 462 BC461 BC460 BC 459 BC 458 BC
461 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 461 BC
Ab urbe condita 293
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4290
Bahá'í calendar −2304 – −2303
Bengali calendar −1053
Berber calendar 490
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 84
Burmese calendar −1098
Byzantine calendar 5048–5049
Chinese calendar 己卯(Earth Rabbit)
2236 or 2176
    — to —
庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
2237 or 2177
Coptic calendar −744 – −743
Discordian calendar 706
Ethiopian calendar −468 – −467
Hebrew calendar 3300–3301
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −404 – −403
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2641–2642
Holocene calendar 9540
Igbo calendar −1460 – −1459
Iranian calendar 1082 BP – 1081 BP
Islamic calendar 1115 BH – 1114 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1873
Minguo calendar 2372 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 83

Year 461 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Gallus and Cornutus (or, less frequently, year 293 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 461 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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  • In Athens, Ephialtes and Pericles finally get agreement to the ostracism of Kimon, who had become unpopular for his unsuccessful pro-Spartan policy.
  • Ephialtes, with the support of Pericles, reduces the power of the Athenian Council of Areopagus (filled with ex-archons and so a stronghold of oligarchy) and transfers them to the people, i.e. the Council of Five Hundred, the Assembly and the popular law courts. The office of Judge is made a paid position and is recruited by lot from a list to which every citizen can have his name added.
  • Ephialtes is murdered by Aristodicus of Tanagra in Boeotia, who is said to have acted on behalf of members of the Athenian oligarchy.
  • The ostracism of Kimon and the murder of Ephialtes leave Pericles as the most influential orator in Athens.