203 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
203 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 203 BC
Ab urbe condita 551
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 121
- Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes, 1
Ancient Greek era 144th Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4548
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −795
Berber calendar 748
Buddhist calendar 342
Burmese calendar −840
Byzantine calendar 5306–5307
Chinese calendar 丁酉(Fire Rooster)
2494 or 2434
    — to —
戊戌年 (Earth Dog)
2495 or 2435
Coptic calendar −486 – −485
Discordian calendar 964
Ethiopian calendar −210 – −209
Hebrew calendar 3558–3559
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −146 – −145
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2898–2899
Holocene calendar 9798
Iranian calendar 824 BP – 823 BP
Islamic calendar 849 BH – 848 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2131
Minguo calendar 2114 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1670
Seleucid era 109/110 AG
Thai solar calendar 340–341
Tibetan calendar 阴火鸡年
(female Fire-Rooster)
−76 or −457 or −1229
    — to —
(male Earth-Dog)
−75 or −456 or −1228

Year 203 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Caepio and Geminus (or, less frequently, year 551 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 203 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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  • The Roman general, Publius Cornelius Scipio, while undertaking peace negotiations with the Carthaginians at Utica, makes a surprise attack on the Carthaginian camp and destroys it. Then, sweeping down on the forces that the Carthaginians and their allies, the Numidians, are trying to muster on the Great Plains near the upper Bagradas River (in modern Tunisia), he smashes that army in the Battle of the Great Plains. The Numidian king, Syphax, and the Carthaginian leader, Hasdrubal Gisco, manage to escape separately.
  • The Roman general, Gaius Laelius, and Rome's Numidian ally, Masinissa, follow Syphax towards Cirta, the Numidian capital. In the pursuit, Syphax is captured after his badly wounded horse throws him off. He is delivered to Scipio and is made a prisoner of the Romans, dying in the Italian town of Alba Fucens later in the year.
  • Masinissa becomes king of both the Massyli and the Massaesyli tribes in Numidia and remains a loyal ally to the Romans.
  • Hasdrubal Gisco persuades the Carthaginians to raise a new army and to send for Hannibal to return home from Italy. Hannibal finally leaves Italy and returns to Carthage.
  • The Carthaginian general, Mago Barca, is defeated and wounded by the Romans in a battle in Cisalpine Gaul. He dies of his wounds on the return voyage to Carthage.
  • A preliminary armistice between Carthage and Rome is declared and the Carthaginian armies accept Scipio's severe terms. However, on his return to Carthage, Hannibal concentrates the remnants of the Carthaginian forces at Hadrumetum (modern Sousse, Tunisia) and prepares them for battle.


  • Polybius, Greek historian, famous for his book called "The Histories" or "The Rise of the Roman Empire", covering in detail the period between 220 and 146 BC (d. 120 BC)