483 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
483 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 483 BC
Ab urbe condita 271
Ancient Egypt era XXVII dynasty, 43
- Pharaoh Xerxes I of Persia, 3
Ancient Greek era 74th Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4268
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −1075
Berber calendar 468
Buddhist calendar 62
Burmese calendar −1120
Byzantine calendar 5026–5027
Chinese calendar 丁巳(Fire Snake)
2214 or 2154
    — to —
戊午年 (Earth Horse)
2215 or 2155
Coptic calendar −766 – −765
Discordian calendar 684
Ethiopian calendar −490 – −489
Hebrew calendar 3278–3279
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −426 – −425
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2618–2619
Holocene calendar 9518
Iranian calendar 1104 BP – 1103 BP
Islamic calendar 1138 BH – 1137 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1851
Minguo calendar 2394 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1950
Thai solar calendar 60–61
Tibetan calendar 阴火蛇年
(female Fire-Snake)
−356 or −737 or −1509
    — to —
(male Earth-Horse)
−355 or −736 or −1508

Year 483 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Vibulanus and Potitus (or, less frequently, year 271 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 483 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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Persian empire[edit]

  • Xerxes I of Persia is encouraged by his cousin and brother-in-law, Mardonius, supported by a strong party of exiled Greeks, to take revenge for the defeat that Darius I suffered at the hands of the Greeks at Marathon in 490 BC. In response, Xerxes prepares for a major expedition to crush the Greeks. To avoid a repeat of the significant losses to the Persian fleet that occurred in 492 BC, Xerxes has a canal cut through the promontory of Mount Athos.


  • The Athenian archon Themistocles realises that the Greeks need to be able to beat the Persians at sea. To carry out this strategy, however, Athens needs far more warships (that is to say the newly developed, specialised triremes) than the 70 it has. Themistocles is initially opposed by other Athenian leaders. However, when the state-owned silver mines at Laurium become the site of a rich strike, Themistocles persuades the assembly, instead of "declaring a dividend," to devote the whole surplus to increasing the navy to a proposed 200 ships.


  • Following the death of Gautama Buddha, the relics associated with his cremation were divided amongst royal families and his disciples, then interned in 8 reliquaries. Each reliquary was then encased in its own burial mound, called a stupa (approximate date).[citation needed]