|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|201 BC by topic|
|Gregorian calendar||201 BC
|Ab urbe condita||553|
|Ancient Egypt era||XXXIII dynasty, 123|
|- Pharaoh||Ptolemy V Epiphanes, 3|
|Ancient Greek era||144th Olympiad, year 4|
|Chinese calendar||己亥年 (Earth Pig)
2496 or 2436
— to —
庚子年 (Metal Rat)
2497 or 2437
|Coptic calendar||−484 – −483|
|Ethiopian calendar||−208 – −207|
|- Vikram Samvat||−144 – −143|
|- Shaka Samvat||N/A|
|- Kali Yuga||2900–2901|
|Iranian calendar||822 BP – 821 BP|
|Islamic calendar||847 BH – 846 BH|
|Minguo calendar||2112 before ROC
|Seleucid era||111/112 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||342–343|
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Year 201 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Paetus (or, less frequently, year 553 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 201 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.
- On Hannibal's advice, Carthage sues for peace with the Romans, ending the Second Punic War. Carthage is reduced to a client state of Rome. In the peace treaty between Carthage and Rome, Carthage surrenders all her Mediterranean possessions to Rome, including her Iberian territories. The Carthaginians agree to pay Rome 200 talents per year for 50 years, allow Masinissa to rule Numidia as an independent kingdom, make no war without Rome's permission, and destroy all but 10 of the Carthaginian warships.
- Following the conclusion of the peace with Rome, Hannibal is elected as suffet, or chief magistrate, of Carthage. The office has over the years become insignificant in Carthaginian politics, but Hannibal restores its power and authority. He sets out to reform the administration and finances of Carthage and reduce the power of the oligarchy which has ruled Carthage before and during the Second Punic War.
- The Romans oust the Carthaginians from Malta.
- In Rome, according to the Roman historian Livy, land is distributed to veterans of the Second Punic War. This is the first documented instance of a practice that later becomes commonplace.
- Philip V of Macedon captures Samos and the Egyptian fleet stationed there. He then besieges Chios to the north.
- Rhodes and its allies Pergamum, Cyzicus, and Byzantium combine their fleets and defeat Philip V in the Battle of Chios. His flagship is trapped and rammed by two enemy ships.
- The Spartan king, Nabis, once more invades and captures Messene. However, the Spartans are forced to retreat when the Achaean League army of Philopoemen intervenes. Nabis' forces are decisively defeated at Tegea by Philopoemen and Nabis is forced to check his expansionist ambitions for the time being.
- The construction of Nanchang begins.
- Gnaeus Naevius, Latin epic poet and dramatist, who has written historical plays (fabulae praetextae) that are based on Roman historical or legendary figures and events (b. c. 264 BC)