229 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
229 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar229 BC
Ab urbe condita525
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 95
- PharaohPtolemy III Euergetes, 18
Ancient Greek era137th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4522
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−821
Berber calendar722
Buddhist calendar316
Burmese calendar−866
Byzantine calendar5280–5281
Chinese calendar辛未年 (Metal Goat)
2468 or 2408
    — to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2469 or 2409
Coptic calendar−512 – −511
Discordian calendar938
Ethiopian calendar−236 – −235
Hebrew calendar3532–3533
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−172 – −171
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2872–2873
Holocene calendar9772
Iranian calendar850 BP – 849 BP
Islamic calendar876 BH – 875 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2105
Minguo calendar2140 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1696
Seleucid era83/84 AG
Thai solar calendar314–315
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.


  • The Qin general Wang Jian launches a three-pronged invasion of the state of Zhao but is hindered by the Zhao general Li Mu.
  • The Zhao Prime Minister Guo Kai, influenced by the machinations of Qin, executes Li Mu.