388 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
388 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar388 BC
Ab urbe condita366
Ancient Egypt eraXXIX dynasty, 11
- PharaohHakor, 6
Ancient Greek era98th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4363
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−980
Berber calendar563
Buddhist calendar157
Burmese calendar−1025
Byzantine calendar5121–5122
Chinese calendar壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
2309 or 2249
    — to —
癸巳年 (Water Snake)
2310 or 2250
Coptic calendar−671 – −670
Discordian calendar779
Ethiopian calendar−395 – −394
Hebrew calendar3373–3374
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−331 – −330
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2713–2714
Holocene calendar9613
Iranian calendar1009 BP – 1008 BP
Islamic calendar1040 BH – 1039 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar1946
Minguo calendar2299 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1855
Thai solar calendar155–156
Tibetan calendar阳水龙年
(male Water-Dragon)
−261 or −642 or −1414
    — to —
(female Water-Snake)
−260 or −641 or −1413

Year 388 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Tribunate of Capitolinus, Fidenas, Iullus, Corvus, Flavus and Rufus (or, less frequently, year 366 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 388 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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  • King Agesipolis I leads a Spartan army against Argos. Since no Argive army challenges him, he plunders the countryside for a time, and then, after receiving several unfavorable omens, returns to Sparta.
  • The Athenian general, Thrasybulus, sails to Lesbos, where, with the support of the Mytileneans, he defeats the Spartan forces on the island and wins over a number of cities. While still on Lesbos, however, Thrasybulus is killed by raiders from the city of Aspendus where his financial exactions have made him unpopular.
  • Concerned about the revival of Athenian imperialist ambitions, the Persian King Artaxerxes II and King Agesilaus II of Sparta enter into an alliance. Sparta also seeks and gains the support of Dionysius I of Syracuse.

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