276 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
276 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar276 BC
Ab urbe condita478
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 48
- PharaohPtolemy II Philadelphus, 8
Ancient Greek era126th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4475
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−868
Berber calendar675
Buddhist calendar269
Burmese calendar−913
Byzantine calendar5233–5234
Chinese calendar甲申年 (Wood Monkey)
2421 or 2361
    — to —
乙酉年 (Wood Rooster)
2422 or 2362
Coptic calendar−559 – −558
Discordian calendar891
Ethiopian calendar−283 – −282
Hebrew calendar3485–3486
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−219 – −218
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2825–2826
Holocene calendar9725
Iranian calendar897 BP – 896 BP
Islamic calendar925 BH – 924 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2058
Minguo calendar2187 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1743
Seleucid era36/37 AG
Thai solar calendar267–268
Tibetan calendar阳木猴年
(male Wood-Monkey)
−149 or −530 or −1302
    — to —
(female Wood-Rooster)
−148 or −529 or −1301

Year 276 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Gurges and Clepsina (or, less frequently, year 478 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 276 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 Egyptian King Ptolemy II's first wife, Arsinoe I (daughter of the late King Lysimachus of Thrace) is accused, probably at instigation of Ptolemy II's sister (who also has the name Arsinoe), of plotting his murder and is exiled by the King. Arsinoe then marries her own brother, a customary practice in Egypt, but scandalous to the Greeks. The suffix "Philadelphoi" ("Brother-Loving") consequently is added to the names of King Ptolemy II and Queen Arsinoe II. The former queen, Arsinoe I, is banished to Coptos, a city of Upper Egypt near the Wadi Hammamat, while her rival adopts her children.
  • The first of the Syrian Wars starts between Egypt's Ptolemy II and Seleucid emperor Antiochus I Soter. The Egyptians invade northern Syria, but Antiochus defeats and repels his opponent's army.


  • Pyrrhus negotiates with the Carthaginians to end the fighting between them in Sicily. The Carthaginians are inclined to come to terms with Pyrrhus, but he demands that Carthage abandon all of Sicily and make the Libyan Sea the boundary between Carthage and the Greeks. Meanwhile, he begins to display despotic behaviour towards the Sicilian Greeks and soon Sicilian opinion moves against him. Therefore, fearing that his successes in Sicily may lead him to become the despot of their country, the Syracusans ask Pyrrhus to leave Sicily. He does so, and returns to the Italian mainland, noting that he expects Sicily to be a "fair wrestling ring" for Carthage and Rome.





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  2. ^ Qian, Sima. Records of the Grand Historian, Section: Lian Po.