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208 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
208 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar208 BC
Ab urbe condita546
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 116
- PharaohPtolemy IV Philopator, 14
Ancient Greek era143rd Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4543
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−800
Berber calendar743
Buddhist calendar337
Burmese calendar−845
Byzantine calendar5301–5302
Chinese calendar壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
2490 or 2283
    — to —
癸巳年 (Water Snake)
2491 or 2284
Coptic calendar−491 – −490
Discordian calendar959
Ethiopian calendar−215 – −214
Hebrew calendar3553–3554
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−151 – −150
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2893–2894
Holocene calendar9793
Iranian calendar829 BP – 828 BP
Islamic calendar854 BH – 853 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2126
Minguo calendar2119 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1675
Seleucid era104/105 AG
Thai solar calendar335–336
Tibetan calendar阳水龙年
(male Water-Dragon)
−81 or −462 or −1234
    — to —
(female Water-Snake)
−80 or −461 or −1233

Year 208 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Marcellus and Crispinus (or, less frequently, year 546 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 208 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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Roman Republic


Seleucid Empire



  • Zhang Han defeats and kills the rebel leader Xiang Liang in the Battle of Dingtao.
  • Qin Prime Minister Li Si is executed by Qin Er Shi, having been conspired against by the eunuch Zhao Gao, who replaces him as Prime Minister.
  • Zhang Han seizes the Zhao capital Handan and besieges its king Zhao Xie in Julu.
  • Xiang Liang's nephew Xiang Yu seizes control of Liang's army.[1]






  1. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2011). The Road to the Throne: How Liu Bang Founded China's Han Dynasty. pp. 32–54. ISBN 978-0875868387.