449 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 6th century BC5th century BC4th century BC
Decades: 470s BC  460s BC  450s BC  – 440s BC –  430s BC  420s BC  410s BC
Years: 452 BC 451 BC 450 BC449 BC448 BC 447 BC 446 BC
449 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 449 BC
Ab urbe condita 305
Ancient Egypt era XXVII dynasty, 77
- Pharaoh Artaxerxes I of Persia, 17
Ancient Greek era 82nd Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar 4302
Bengali calendar −1041
Berber calendar 502
Buddhist calendar 96
Burmese calendar −1086
Byzantine calendar 5060–5061
Chinese calendar 辛卯(Metal Rabbit)
2248 or 2188
    — to —
壬辰年 (Water Dragon)
2249 or 2189
Coptic calendar −732 – −731
Discordian calendar 718
Ethiopian calendar −456 – −455
Hebrew calendar 3312–3313
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −392 – −391
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2653–2654
Holocene calendar 9552
Iranian calendar 1070 BP – 1069 BP
Islamic calendar 1103 BH – 1102 BH
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1885
Minguo calendar 2360 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 94–95

Year 449 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Third year of the decemviri and the Year of the Consulship of Potitus and Barbatus (or, less frequently, year 305 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 449 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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  • The Greek city-states make peace with the Persian Empire through the Peace of Callias, named after the chief Greek ambassador to the Persian Court, an Athenian who is a brother-in-law of Cimon. Athens agrees to end its support for the Egyptians rebels still holding out in parts of the Nile Delta, while the Persians agree not to send ships of war into the Aegean Sea. Athens now effectively controls all the Greek city states in Ionia.
  • Pericles begins a great building plan including the re-fortification of Piraeus and its long walls extending to Athens.
  • Pericles proposes a "Congress Decree" allowing the use of 9,000 talents[citation needed] to finance the massive rebuilding program of Athenian temples. This leads to a meeting ("Congress") of all Greek states in order to consider the question of rebuilding the temples destroyed by the Persians. The Congress fails because of Sparta's opposition.
  • Pericles places the Athenian sculptor Phidias in charge of all the artistic aspects of his reconstruction program. Construction begins on the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, while the Athenian Senate commissions Callicrates to construct a temple to Athena Nike on the Acropolis.
  • The Second Sacred War erupts between Athens and Sparta, when Sparta forcefully detaches Delphi from Phocis and renders it independent.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • The Law of the Twelve Tables (developed by the Decemvirates) is formally promulgated. The Twelve Tables are literally drawn up on twelve ivory tablets which are posted in the Forum Romanum so that all Romans can read and know them.
  • When the Decemvirate's term of office expires, the decemviri refuse to leave office or permit successors to take office. Appius Claudius Crassus is said to have made an unjust decision which would have forced a young woman named Verginia into prostitution, prompting her father to kill her. This leads to an uprising against the Decemvirate forcing the decemviri to resign their offices. The ordinary magistrates (magistratus ordinarii) are re-instituted. Appius Claudius is said to have committed suicide as a result of these events.

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