288 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
288 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar288 BC
Ab urbe condita466
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 36
- PharaohPtolemy I Soter, 36
Ancient Greek era123rd Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4463
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−880
Berber calendar663
Buddhist calendar257
Burmese calendar−925
Byzantine calendar5221–5222
Chinese calendar壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2409 or 2349
    — to —
癸酉年 (Water Rooster)
2410 or 2350
Coptic calendar−571 – −570
Discordian calendar879
Ethiopian calendar−295 – −294
Hebrew calendar3473–3474
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−231 – −230
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2813–2814
Holocene calendar9713
Iranian calendar909 BP – 908 BP
Islamic calendar937 BH – 936 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2046
Minguo calendar2199 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1755
Seleucid era24/25 AG
Thai solar calendar255–256
Tibetan calendar阳水猴年
(male Water-Monkey)
−161 or −542 or −1314
    — to —
(female Water-Rooster)
−160 or −541 or −1313

Year 288 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Tremulus and Arvina (or, less frequently, year 466 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 288 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 Macedonian King, Demetrius Poliorcetes, faces a combined attack from Lysimachus and Phyrrhus, king of Epirus, after Seleucus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus form a coalition to block plans by Demetrius to invade Asia Minor. Ptolemy's fleet appears off Greece, inciting the cities to revolt.
  • Athens revolts and Demetrius besieges the city. Pyrrhus takes Thessaly and the western half of Macedonia and, with the assistance of Ptolemy's fleet, relieves Athens from Demetrius' siege.
  • After the Egyptian fleet participates decisively in the liberation of Athens from Macedonian occupation, Ptolemy obtains the protectorate over the League of Islanders, which includes most of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Egypt's maritime supremacy in the Mediterranean in the ensuing decades is based on this alliance.


  • Following the death of Agathocles, some of his disbanded mercenaries seize Messana in northeast Sicily and set up a society, calling themselves Mamertines (Sons of Mars). The city becomes a base from which they will ravage the Sicilian countryside.

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Archimedes was born in 288 BC in Syracuse, Italy.