293 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
293 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 293 BC
Ab urbe condita 461
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 31
- Pharaoh Ptolemy I Soter, 31
Ancient Greek era 121st Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar 4458
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −885
Berber calendar 658
Buddhist calendar 252
Burmese calendar −930
Byzantine calendar 5216–5217
Chinese calendar 丁卯(Fire Rabbit)
2404 or 2344
    — to —
戊辰年 (Earth Dragon)
2405 or 2345
Coptic calendar −576 – −575
Discordian calendar 874
Ethiopian calendar −300 – −299
Hebrew calendar 3468–3469
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −236 – −235
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2808–2809
Holocene calendar 9708
Iranian calendar 914 BP – 913 BP
Islamic calendar 942 BH – 941 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2041
Minguo calendar 2204 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1760
Seleucid era 19/20 AG
Thai solar calendar 250–251
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.