240 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
240 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar240 BC
Ab urbe condita514
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 84
- PharaohPtolemy III Euergetes, 7
Ancient Greek era135th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4511
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−832
Berber calendar711
Buddhist calendar305
Burmese calendar−877
Byzantine calendar5269–5270
Chinese calendar庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
2457 or 2397
    — to —
辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
2458 or 2398
Coptic calendar−523 – −522
Discordian calendar927
Ethiopian calendar−247 – −246
Hebrew calendar3521–3522
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−183 – −182
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2861–2862
Holocene calendar9761
Iranian calendar861 BP – 860 BP
Islamic calendar887 BH – 886 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2094
Minguo calendar2151 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1707
Seleucid era72/73 AG
Thai solar calendar303–304
Tibetan calendar阳金猴年
(male Iron-Monkey)
−113 or −494 or −1266
    — to —
(female Iron-Rooster)
−112 or −493 or −1265

Year 240 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Centho and Tuditanus (or, less frequently, year 514 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 240 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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  • Two of Carthage's mercenary commanders – Spendius and Mathos – convince the Libyan conscripts in the mercenary army, that is currently occupying the Carthaginian city of Tunis, to accept their leadership. They persuade the native Libyans that Carthage will take revenge against them for their part in the conflict once the foreign mercenaries are paid and sent home. They then convince the combined mercenary armies to revolt against Carthage and convince the various native Libyan towns and cities to back the revolt. Spendius and Mathos then take the Carthaginian commander Gesco as a hostage. What has started as an argument over pay owed to soldiers by the Carthaginian Government, explodes into a full-scale revolt, known as the Mercenary War.
  • The Libyan forces loyal to the mercenaries besiege the towns of Utica and Hippacritae, which refuse to defect to the mercenaries.
  • Hanno the Great is given command of the Carthaginian forces. However, the mercenaries defeat the Carthaginian armies in the Battle of Utica.
  • Carthage decides to give Hamilcar Barca joint command with Hanno the Great. Hamilcar Barca is able to end the siege of Utica by the mercenaries. He is then placed in complete command of the Carthaginian forces and defeats the mercenaries in the Battle of the Bagradas River.
  • After the Numidian mercenary leader Narawas defects to Hamilcar Barca, Numidian reinforcements (about 2,000 men) help him defeat the mercenaries again. Hamilcar pardons his captured prisoners, accepting into his army anyone who will fight for Carthage, and exiling anyone who will not.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • Rome takes over full control of Sicily and stations a legion there.


  • The Qin general Meng Ao takes the Zhao cities of Long, Hu and Qingdu but then dies en route to the Wei city of Ji. This is then captured by Meng Ao's son Meng Wu.[1]

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  1. ^ Qian, Sima. Records of the Grand Historian, Section: The First Emperor.
  2. ^ Records of the Grand Historian.