389 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
389 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 389 BC
Ab urbe condita 365
Ancient Egypt era XXIX dynasty, 10
- Pharaoh Hakor, 5
Ancient Greek era 97th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar 4362
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −981
Berber calendar 562
Buddhist calendar 156
Burmese calendar −1026
Byzantine calendar 5120–5121
Chinese calendar 辛卯(Metal Rabbit)
2308 or 2248
    — to —
壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
2309 or 2249
Coptic calendar −672 – −671
Discordian calendar 778
Ethiopian calendar −396 – −395
Hebrew calendar 3372–3373
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −332 – −331
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2712–2713
Holocene calendar 9612
Iranian calendar 1010 BP – 1009 BP
Islamic calendar 1041 BH – 1040 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1945
Minguo calendar 2300 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1856
Thai solar calendar 154–155
Tibetan calendar 阴金兔年
(female Iron-Rabbit)
−262 or −643 or −1415
    — to —
(male Water-Dragon)
−261 or −642 or −1414

Year 389 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Tribunate of Poplicola, Capitolinus, Esquilinus, Mamercinus, Cornelius and Albinus (or, less frequently, year 365 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 389 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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  • A Spartan expeditionary force under King Agesilaus II crosses the Gulf of Corinth to attack Acarnania, an ally of the anti-Spartan coalition. Agesilaus is eventually able to draw them into a pitched battle, in which the Acarnanians are routed.
  • The Athenian general, Thrasybulus, leads a force of triremes to levy tribute from cities around the Aegean and support Rhodes, where a democratic government is struggling against Sparta. On this campaign, Thrasybulus captures Byzantium, imposes a duty on ships passing through the Hellespont, and collects tribute from many of the islands of the Aegean.


  • Wu Qi, the Prime Minister of the State of Chu, enacts his first series of political, municipal, and martial reforms. Wu Qi gains the ire and distrust of Chu officials and aristocratic elite who are against his crusades to sweep up corruption in the state and limit their power. He is eventually assassinated in 381 BC at the funeral of King Diao of Chu, although his assassins are executed shortly after by the newly enthroned King Su of Chu.
  • This is the latest possible date for the compilation of the historical text Zuo Zhuan, attributed to a blind historian known as Zuo Qiuming.