203 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 4th century BC3rd century BC2nd century BC
Decades: 230s BC  220s BC  210s BC  – 200s BC –  190s BC  180s BC  170s BC
Years: 206 BC 205 BC 204 BC203 BC202 BC 201 BC 200 BC
203 BC by topic
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203 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 203 BC
Ab urbe condita 551
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4548
Bahá'í calendar -2046–-2045
Bengali calendar -795
Berber calendar 748
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 342
Burmese calendar -840
Byzantine calendar 5306–5307
Chinese calendar 丁酉
(2434/2494)
— to —
戊戌
(2435/2495)
Coptic calendar -486–-485
Ethiopian calendar -210–-209
Hebrew calendar 3558–3559
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat -146–-145
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2899–2900
Holocene calendar 9798
Iranian calendar 824 BP – 823 BP
Islamic calendar 849 BH – 848 BH
Japanese calendar
Korean calendar 2131
Minguo calendar 2114 before ROC
民前2114年
Thai solar calendar 341


Year 203 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar.

Events[change | edit source]

By place[change | edit source]

Carthage[change | edit source]

  • The Roman general, Publius Cornelius Scipio makes a surprise attack on the Carthaginians camp and destroys it. He defeats the army in the Battle of the Great Plains. The Numidian king, Syphax, and the Carthaginian leader, Hasdrubal Gisco, both escape.
  • The Roman general, Gaius Laelius, and Rome's Numidian ally, Masinissa, follow Syphax towards Cirta, the Numidian capital. Syphax is captured and later dies in the Italian town of Alba Fucens.
  • Masinissa becomes king of both the Massyli and the Massaesyli tribes in Numidia. He remains a loyal ally to the Romans.
  • Hasdrubal Gisco gets the Carthaginians to form a new army and to send for Hannibal to return home from Italy. Hannibal finally leaves Italy and returns to Carthage.
  • The Carthaginian general, Mago Barca, is defeated and wounded by the Romans in a battle in Cisalpine Gaul. He dies of his wounds on the return voyage to Carthage.
  • An agreement between Carthage and Rome is made. The Carthaginian armies accept Scipio's severe terms. But Hannibal gets the army ready for battle.

Births[change | edit source]

  • Polybius, Greek historian, famous for his book called "The Histories" or "The Rise of the Roman Empire", covering in detail the period between 220 and 146 BC (d. 120 BC)


Deaths[change | edit source]