487 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
487 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 487 BC
Ab urbe condita 267
Ancient Egypt era XXVII dynasty, 39
- Pharaoh Darius I of Persia, 35
Ancient Greek era 73rd Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4264
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −1079
Berber calendar 464
Buddhist calendar 58
Burmese calendar −1124
Byzantine calendar 5022–5023
Chinese calendar 癸丑(Water Ox)
2210 or 2150
    — to —
甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)
2211 or 2151
Coptic calendar −770 – −769
Discordian calendar 680
Ethiopian calendar −494 – −493
Hebrew calendar 3274–3275
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −430 – −429
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2614–2615
Holocene calendar 9514
Iranian calendar 1108 BP – 1107 BP
Islamic calendar 1142 BH – 1141 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 1847
Minguo calendar 2398 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1954
Thai solar calendar 56–57
Tibetan calendar 阴水牛年
(female Water-Ox)
−360 or −741 or −1513
    — to —
(male Wood-Tiger)
−359 or −740 or −1512

Year 487 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Sicinius and Aquillius (or, less frequently, year 267 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 487 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]


  • The island of Aegina and the city of Athens go to war. The island has earned the enmity of Athens by earlier submitting to the Persians. The Spartan King, Leotychidas, tries unsuccessfully to arrange a truce in the war.
  • The Athenian Archonship becomes elective by lot from all the citizens, an important milestone in the move towards radical Athenian democracy. There are nine archons and a secretary. Three of the archons have special functions: the basileus, or sovereign; the polemarch (originally a military commander); and the archon eponymous (chief magistrate), who gave his name to the year.


  • Wars are fought between Rome and each of the Volsci and the Hernici. Rome prevails in both disputes.