334 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 5th century BC4th century BC3rd century BC
Decades: 360s BC  350s BC  340s BC  – 330s BC –  320s BC  310s BC  300s BC
Years: 337 BC 336 BC 335 BC334 BC333 BC 332 BC 331 BC
334 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 334 BC
Ab urbe condita 420
Ancient Egypt era XXXI dynasty, 10
- Pharaoh Darius III of Persia, 3
Ancient Greek era 111th Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar 4417
Bengali calendar −926
Berber calendar 617
Buddhist calendar 211
Burmese calendar −971
Byzantine calendar 5175–5176
Chinese calendar 丙戌(Fire Dog)
2363 or 2303
    — to —
丁亥年 (Fire Pig)
2364 or 2304
Coptic calendar −617 – −616
Discordian calendar 833
Ethiopian calendar −341 – −340
Hebrew calendar 3427–3428
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −277 – −276
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2768–2769
Holocene calendar 9667
Iranian calendar 955 BP – 954 BP
Islamic calendar 984 BH – 983 BH
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2000
Minguo calendar 2245 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 209–210
The Battle of the Granicus

Year 334 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Caudinus and Calvinus (or, less frequently, year 420 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 334 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.


By place[edit]

Persian Empire[edit]

  • The king of Caria, Pixodarus, dies and is succeeded by his son-in-law, Orontobates.
  • As the Persian satraps have gathered for a war council at Zeleia, Memnon argues that it is preferable for the Persians to avoid a pitched battle and adopt a scorched earth tactic. Arsites, the satrap of Hellespontine Phrygia, will not allow his land to be burned and agrees with other satraps to reject this cautious advice.


  • King Alexander III of Macedonia crosses the Dardanelles, leaving Antipater, who has already faithfully served his father, Philip II, as his deputy in Greece with over 13,000 men. Alexander himself commands about 30,000 foot soldiers and over 5,000 cavalry, of whom nearly 14,000 are Macedonians and about 7,000 are allies sent by the Greek League.
  • May – Alexander wins a major victory against the Persians commanded by the Greek mercenary Memnon of Rhodes, in the Battle of the Granicus near the Sea of Marmara. A large number of King Darius III's Greek mercenaries are massacred, but 2,000 survivors are sent back to Macedonia in chains.
  • Alexander accepts the surrender of the Persian provincial capital of Sardis (and its treasury) and proceeds down the Ionian coast.
  • At Halicarnassus, Alexander successfully undertakes the first of many sieges, eventually forcing his opponents, the mercenary captain Memnon of Rhodes and the Persian satrap of Caria, Orontobates, to withdraw by sea. Alexander leaves Caria in the hands of Ada, who was the ruler of Caria before being deposed by her brother-in-law, Pixodarus.
  • Alexander's victory exposes western Asia Minor to the Macedonians, and most of the cities in the region hasten to open their gates. The Ionian city of Miletus defies Alexander and he has to subdue it through a siege.



  • The rulers of Wei and Qi agree to recognize each other as kings, formalizing the independence of the Warring States and the powerlessness of the Zhou Dynasty.