218 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
218 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar218 BC
Ab urbe condita536
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 106
- PharaohPtolemy IV Philopator, 4
Ancient Greek era140th Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar4533
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−810
Berber calendar733
Buddhist calendar327
Burmese calendar−855
Byzantine calendar5291–5292
Chinese calendar壬午年 (Water Horse)
2479 or 2419
    — to —
癸未年 (Water Goat)
2480 or 2420
Coptic calendar−501 – −500
Discordian calendar949
Ethiopian calendar−225 – −224
Hebrew calendar3543–3544
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−161 – −160
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2883–2884
Holocene calendar9783
Iranian calendar839 BP – 838 BP
Islamic calendar865 BH – 864 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2116
Minguo calendar2129 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1685
Seleucid era94/95 AG
Thai solar calendar325–326
Tibetan calendar阳水马年
(male Water-Horse)
−91 or −472 or −1244
    — to —
(female Water-Goat)
−90 or −471 or −1243
The Roman republic in 218 BC (all colours except white and blue).
The Roman empire in 218 BC (in dark red)

Year 218 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Scipio and Longus (or, less frequently, year 536 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 218 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.


By place[edit]


  • Fall of Saguntum to Hannibal of Carthage
  • Hannibal sets out with around 40,000 men and 50 elephants from New Carthage (Cartagena) to northern Spain and then into the Pyrenees where his army meets with stiff resistance from the Pyrenean tribes. This opposition and the desertion of some of his Spanish troops greatly diminishes his numbers, but he reaches the river Rhône facing little resistance from the tribes of southern Gaul.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • Second Punic War

Seleucid Empire[edit]




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