255 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
255 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 255 BC
Ab urbe condita 499
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 69
- Pharaoh Ptolemy II Philadelphus, 29
Ancient Greek era 131st Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4496
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −847
Berber calendar 696
Buddhist calendar 290
Burmese calendar −892
Byzantine calendar 5254–5255
Chinese calendar 乙巳(Wood Snake)
2442 or 2382
    — to —
丙午年 (Fire Horse)
2443 or 2383
Coptic calendar −538 – −537
Discordian calendar 912
Ethiopian calendar −262 – −261
Hebrew calendar 3506–3507
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −198 – −197
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2846–2847
Holocene calendar 9746
Iranian calendar 876 BP – 875 BP
Islamic calendar 903 BH – 902 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2079
Minguo calendar 2166 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1722
Seleucid era 57/58 AG
Thai solar calendar 288–289
Tibetan calendar 阴木蛇年
(female Wood-Snake)
−128 or −509 or −1281
    — to —
(male Fire-Horse)
−127 or −508 or −1280

Year 255 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Nobilior and Paullus (or, less frequently, year 499 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 255 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 Battle of Adis (or Adys) is fought near the city of that name, 40 miles (64 kilometres) southeast of Carthage, between Carthaginian forces and a Roman army led by Marcus Atilius Regulus. The Romans inflict a crushing defeat upon the Carthaginians, and the latter then sue for peace. The ensuing negotiations between the parties lead to Regulus demanding Carthage agree to an unconditional surrender, cede Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia to Rome, renounce the use of their navy, pay an indemnity, and sign a vassal-like treaty. These terms are so harsh that the people of Carthage resolve to keep fighting.
  • The Carthaginians, angered by Regulus' demands, hire Xanthippus, a Spartan mercenary, to reorganize the army. The revitalised Carthaginian army, led by Xanthippus, decisively defeat the Romans in the Battle of Tunis and capture their commander Marcus Atilius Regulus. A Roman fleet, sent to rescue Regulus and his troops, is wrecked in a storm off Sicily.




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