|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|285 BC by topic|
|Gregorian calendar||285 BC|
|Ab urbe condita||469|
|Ancient Egypt era||XXXIII dynasty, 39|
|- Pharaoh||Ptolemy I Soter, 39|
|Ancient Greek era||123rd Olympiad, year 4|
|Balinese saka calendar||N/A|
|Chinese calendar||乙亥年 (Wood Pig)|
2412 or 2352
— to —
丙子年 (Fire Rat)
2413 or 2353
|Coptic calendar||−568 – −567|
|Ethiopian calendar||−292 – −291|
|- Vikram Samvat||−228 – −227|
|- Shaka Samvat||N/A|
|- Kali Yuga||2816–2817|
|Iranian calendar||906 BP – 905 BP|
|Islamic calendar||934 BH – 933 BH|
|Minguo calendar||2196 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||27/28 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||258–259|
−158 or −539 or −1311
— to —
−157 or −538 or −1310
Year 285 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Canina and Lepidus (or, less frequently, year 469 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 285 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.
- June 26 – Egypt's Ptolemy I Soter abdicates. He is succeeded by his youngest son by his wife Berenice, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who has been co-regent for three years.
- A 110 metre tall lighthouse on the island of Pharos in Alexandria's harbour is completed and serves as a landmark for ships in the eastern Mediterranean. Built by Sostratus of Cnidus for Ptolemy II of Egypt, it is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is a technological triumph and is the archetype of all lighthouses since. A broad spiral ramp leads to the top, where a fire burns at night.
- Demetrius Poliorcetes is deserted by his troops and surrenders to Seleucus at Cilicia, where Seleucus keeps him a prisoner.
- The success of Qi had frightened the other states. Under the leadership of Lord Mengchang, who was exiled in Wei, Qin, Zhao, Han and Yan formed an alliance. Yan had normally been a relatively weak ally of Qi and Qi feared little from this quarter. Yan's onslaught under general Yue Yi came as a devastating surprise. Simultaneously, the other allies attacked from the west. Chu declared itself an ally of Qi but contented itself with annexing some territory to its north. Qi's armies were destroyed while the territory of Qi was reduced to the two cities of Ju and Jimo. King Min himself was later captured and executed by his own followers.
- catherine of alexandria
- Dicaearchus, Greek philosopher, cartographer, geographer, mathematician and author (b. c. 350 BC)
- Theophrastus, Greek philosopher, a native of Eressos in Lesbos, the successor of Aristotle in the Peripatetic school (b. c. 370 BC)