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214 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
214 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar214 BC
Ab urbe condita540
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 110
- PharaohPtolemy IV Philopator, 8
Ancient Greek era141st Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar4537
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−806
Berber calendar737
Buddhist calendar331
Burmese calendar−851
Byzantine calendar5295–5296
Chinese calendar丙戌年 (Fire Dog)
2484 or 2277
    — to —
丁亥年 (Fire Pig)
2485 or 2278
Coptic calendar−497 – −496
Discordian calendar953
Ethiopian calendar−221 – −220
Hebrew calendar3547–3548
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−157 – −156
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2887–2888
Holocene calendar9787
Iranian calendar835 BP – 834 BP
Islamic calendar861 BH – 860 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2120
Minguo calendar2125 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1681
Seleucid era98/99 AG
Thai solar calendar329–330
Tibetan calendar阳火狗年
(male Fire-Dog)
−87 or −468 or −1240
    — to —
(female Fire-Pig)
−86 or −467 or −1239

Year 214 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Verrucosus and Marcellus (or, less frequently, year 540 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 214 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[edit]


  • Philip V of Macedon attempts an invasion of Illyria by sea with a fleet of 120 craft. He captures Oricum and, sailing up the Aous (modern Vjosë) river, he besieges Apollonia.
  • Upon receiving word from Oricum of Philip V's actions in Illyria, Roman propraetor Marcus Valerius Laevinus crosses the Adriatic with his fleet and army. Landing at Oricum, Laevinus is able to retake the town with little fighting.
  • Laevinus sends 2,000 men under the command of Quintus Naevius Crista, to Apollonia. Catching Philip's forces by surprise, Quintus Naevius Crista attacks and routs their camp. Philip V is able to escape back to Macedonia, after burning his fleet and leaving many thousands of his men dead or as prisoners of the Romans.


  • Panyu (present-day Guangzhou, or Canton) is established as a city.
  • Qin Shi Huang orders general Ren Xiao (任囂), commanding 200,000 troops, to conquer the kingdoms in present-day northern Vietnam.
  • Qin Shi Huang orders the construction of Lingqu, the oldest contour canal.
  • The Qin armies under Meng Tian campaign against the Xiongnu and other northern peoples and expand their territories along the north basin of the Yellow River. They subjugate the Luliang region, drive back the Xiongnu tribes to the northwest of the Ordos Plateau, and seize Gaoque, Mt. Tao and Beijia.[2]



  1. ^ LeGlay, Marcel; Voisin, Jean-Louis; Le Bohec, Yann (2001). A History of Rome (Second ed.). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell. p. 77. ISBN 0-631-21858-0.
  2. ^ Qian, Sima. Records of the Grand Historian, Section: The First Emperor, Section: Meng Tian.