228 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
228 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar228 BC
Ab urbe condita526
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 96
- PharaohPtolemy III Euergetes, 19
Ancient Greek era138th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4523
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−820
Berber calendar723
Buddhist calendar317
Burmese calendar−865
Byzantine calendar5281–5282
Chinese calendar壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2470 or 2263
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
2471 or 2264
Coptic calendar−511 – −510
Discordian calendar939
Ethiopian calendar−235 – −234
Hebrew calendar3533–3534
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−171 – −170
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2873–2874
Holocene calendar9773
Iranian calendar849 BP – 848 BP
Islamic calendar875 BH – 874 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2106
Minguo calendar2139 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1695
Seleucid era84/85 AG
Thai solar calendar315–316
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 has 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.