250 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
250 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 250 BC
Ab urbe condita 504
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 74
- Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus, 34
Ancient Greek era 132nd Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar 4501
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −842
Berber calendar 701
Buddhist calendar 295
Burmese calendar −887
Byzantine calendar 5259–5260
Chinese calendar 庚戌(Metal Dog)
2447 or 2387
    — to —
辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
2448 or 2388
Coptic calendar −533 – −532
Discordian calendar 917
Ethiopian calendar −257 – −256
Hebrew calendar 3511–3512
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −193 – −192
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2851–2852
Holocene calendar 9751
Iranian calendar 871 BP – 870 BP
Islamic calendar 898 BH – 897 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2084
Minguo calendar 2161 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1717
Seleucid era 62/63 AG
Thai solar calendar 293–294
Tibetan calendar 阳金狗年
(male Iron-Dog)
−123 or −504 or −1276
    — to —
(female Iron-Pig)
−122 or −503 or −1275
Germanic tribes in Europe in 250 BC (red, orange and yellow)

Year 250 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Regulus and Longus (or, less frequently, year 504 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 250 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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Roman Republic[edit]

  • In the Punic War, the Romans shift their attention to the southwest of Sicily. They send a naval expedition toward the Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum. En route, the Romans seize and burn the Carthaginian held cities of Selinous and Heraclea Minoa. The Romans then begin the siege of Lilybaeum.
  • According to tradition (Horace, Odes, iii. 5), after the defeat of the Carthaginians at the Battle of Panormus, the Carthaginians release Marcus Atilius Regulus from prison and he is sent to Rome on parole to negotiate a peace or an exchange of prisoners. However, on his arrival, he strongly urges the Roman Senate to refuse both proposals and continue fighting. After this he then honours his parole by returning to Carthage where he is executed by being placed in a spiked barrel, which is then let roll down a hill.