293 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
293 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar293 BC
Ab urbe condita461
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 31
- PharaohPtolemy I Soter, 31
Ancient Greek era121st Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4458
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−885
Berber calendar658
Buddhist calendar252
Burmese calendar−930
Byzantine calendar5216–5217
Chinese calendar丁卯(Fire Rabbit)
2404 or 2344
    — to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
2405 or 2345
Coptic calendar−576 – −575
Discordian calendar874
Ethiopian calendar−300 – −299
Hebrew calendar3468–3469
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−236 – −235
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2808–2809
Holocene calendar9708
Iranian calendar914 BP – 913 BP
Islamic calendar942 BH – 941 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2041
Minguo calendar2204 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1760
Seleucid era19/20 AG
Thai solar calendar250–251
Tibetan calendar阴火兔年
(female Fire-Rabbit)
−166 or −547 or −1319
    — to —
(male Earth-Dragon)
−165 or −546 or −1318

Year 293 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Cursor and Maximus (or, less frequently, year 461 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 293 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]

  • The Battle of Aquilonia is fought between the Roman Republic and the Samnites, near the current city of Aquilonia in Campania (in southern Italy). The Romans, led by the consuls Lucius Papirius Cursor and Spurius Carvilius Maximus, are victorious. After the battle, the Samnites flee into the city of Aquilonia and into their camp. The camp is captured and looted by the Romans, while the city is eventually taken, with many of the Samnite survivors being slaughtered in the fighting.
  • Rome suffers from the plague. The worship of Aesculapius is introduced from Epidaurus to Rome in the hope of averting the plague.


  • When an invasion of nomads threatens the eastern possessions of his realm (i.e. between the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea and the Indian Ocean), Seleucus hands over the government of these lands west of the Euphrates to his son Antiochus. Antiochus is appointed co-regent and commander-in-chief of these territories.