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Millennium: 1st millennium
296 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar296
Ab urbe condita1049
Assyrian calendar5046
Balinese saka calendar217–218
Bengali calendar−297
Berber calendar1246
Buddhist calendar840
Burmese calendar−342
Byzantine calendar5804–5805
Chinese calendar乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
2992 or 2932
    — to —
丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
2993 or 2933
Coptic calendar12–13
Discordian calendar1462
Ethiopian calendar288–289
Hebrew calendar4056–4057
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat352–353
 - Shaka Samvat217–218
 - Kali Yuga3396–3397
Holocene calendar10296
Iranian calendar326 BP – 325 BP
Islamic calendar336 BH – 335 BH
Javanese calendar176–177
Julian calendar296
Korean calendar2629
Minguo calendar1616 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1172
Seleucid era607/608 AG
Thai solar calendar838–839
Tibetan calendar阴木兔年
(female Wood-Rabbit)
422 or 41 or −731
    — to —
(male Fire-Dragon)
423 or 42 or −730
Medal of Constantius Chlorus capturing Londinium (inscribe as LON)

Year 296 (CCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. In the Roman Empire, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Diocletian and Constantius (or, less frequently, year 1049 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 296 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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  • In this or the previous year, Caesar Constantius I assembles two invasion fleets with the intent of overthrowing the usurper Allectus, who is based in Britain. The first is under the command of Asclepiodotus, Maximian's long-serving Praetorian Prefect. Asclepiodotus sails from the mouth of the Seine, and lands near the Isle of Wight, where his forces defeat Allectus in Hampshire. Allectus is killed in the fighting. Constantius leaves Boulogne with his fleet, and occupies London, where he slaughters some of Allectus' Frankish mercenaries. With this victory, the Romano-British regime first established by Carausius is overthrown, and Britain is re-incorporated into the rest of the empire.
  • Having supervised the Rhine frontier during Constantius' invasion of Britain, Maximian then marches into Spain, where he fights Frankish pirates. He then crosses into North Africa to contend with the rebellion of the Quinquegentiani.
  • The Persian king Narseh invades Roman-held Upper Mesopotamia and Arsacid western Armenia, the latter territory being under the leadership of the pro-Roman king Tiridates III. With only a small army, Caesar Galerius fights three holding actions against Narseh's army in Mesopotamia. Somewhere in the open plains between Carrhae and Callinicum, Galerius' army suffers a defeat against the Persian army, which is both more numerous and contains superior numbers of high-quality cavalry. Nevertheless, Galerius succeeds in blunting the Persian offensive.

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