229 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
229 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 229 BC
Ab urbe condita 525
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 95
- Pharaoh Ptolemy III Euergetes, 18
Ancient Greek era 137th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar 4522
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −821
Berber calendar 722
Buddhist calendar 316
Burmese calendar −866
Byzantine calendar 5280–5281
Chinese calendar 辛未(Metal Goat)
2468 or 2408
    — to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2469 or 2409
Coptic calendar −512 – −511
Discordian calendar 938
Ethiopian calendar −236 – −235
Hebrew calendar 3532–3533
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −172 – −171
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2872–2873
Holocene calendar 9772
Iranian calendar 850 BP – 849 BP
Islamic calendar 876 BH – 875 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2105
Minguo calendar 2140 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1696
Seleucid era 83/84 AG
Thai solar calendar 314–315
Tibetan calendar 阴金羊年
(female Iron-Goat)
−102 or −483 or −1255
    — to —
(male Water-Monkey)
−101 or −482 or −1254

Year 229 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Albinus and Centumalus (or, less frequently, year 525 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 229 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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  • The First Illyrian War starts when the Roman Senate dispatches an army under the command of the consuls Lucius Postumius Albinus and Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus to Illyria. Rome forces the withdrawal of Illyrian garrisons in the Greek cities of Epidamnus, Apollonia, Corcyra and Pharos and establishes a protectorate over these Greek towns.
  • The Illyrian tribe of the Ardiaei is subdued by the Romans.
  • The King of Macedonia, Demetrius II, dies. His nephew, Antigonus III comes to the Macedonian throne as regent for his half-cousin and the future king Philip V, who is only ten years old.
  • Concerned at Rome's expansion, Antigonus III pursues a policy of befriending the Illyrians, even though the Greeks in the region support Rome in quelling the Illyrian pirates.
  • The involvement of Rome in Illyria leads to the establishment of friendly relations between Rome and the enemies of Macedonia: the Aetolian League and Achaean League, which approve the suppression of Illyrian piracy.
  • Aratus of Sicyon brings Argos into the Achaean League and then helps liberate Athens. This brings Aratus into conflict with Sparta.