228 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
228 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 228 BC
Ab urbe condita 526
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 96
- Pharaoh Ptolemy III Euergetes, 19
Ancient Greek era 138th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar 4523
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −820
Berber calendar 723
Buddhist calendar 317
Burmese calendar −865
Byzantine calendar 5281–5282
Chinese calendar 壬申(Water Monkey)
2469 or 2409
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
2470 or 2410
Coptic calendar −511 – −510
Discordian calendar 939
Ethiopian calendar −235 – −234
Hebrew calendar 3533–3534
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −171 – −170
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2873–2874
Holocene calendar 9773
Iranian calendar 849 BP – 848 BP
Islamic calendar 875 BH – 874 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2106
Minguo calendar 2139 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1695
Seleucid era 84/85 AG
Thai solar calendar 315–316
Tibetan calendar 阳水猴年
(male Water-Monkey)
−101 or −482 or −1254
    — to —
(female Water-Rooster)
−100 or −481 or −1253

Year 228 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Ruga and Verrucosus (or, less frequently, year 526 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 228 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]


  • The Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca is killed in a battle in Hispania, ending his lengthy campaign to conquer the Iberian Peninsula for Carthage. In eight years, by force of arms and diplomacy, he had secured an extensive territory in the Iberian Peninsula, but his death in battle prevents him from completing the conquest. Command of his army in the Iberian Peninsula passes to his son-in-law Hasdrubal.
  • Hasdrubal makes immediate policy changes, emphasizing the use of diplomatic rather than military methods for expanding Carthaginian Hispania and dealing with Rome. He founds Carthago Nova or New Carthage (modern Cartagena) as his capital city.

Asia Minor[edit]


  • The Illyrian Queen Teuta's governor, Demetrius of Pharos has little alternative but to surrender to the overwhelming Roman force. In return, the Romans award him a considerable part of Teuta's holdings to counter-balance the power of Teuta. Meanwhile, the Roman army lands farther north at Apollonia. The combined Roman army and fleet proceed northward together, subduing one town after another and besieging Shkodra, the Illyrian capital.
  • Archidamus V, brother of the murdered Spartan King Agis IV, is called back to Sparta by the Agiad King Cleomenes III, who has no counterpart on the throne by then. However, Archidamus V is assassinated shortly after returning.