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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
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishments and disestablishments categories
203 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar203 BC
Ab urbe condita551
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 121
- PharaohPtolemy V Epiphanes, 1
Ancient Greek era144th Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar4548
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−795
Berber calendar748
Buddhist calendar342
Burmese calendar−840
Byzantine calendar5306–5307
Chinese calendar丁酉(Fire Rooster)
2494 or 2434
    — to —
戊戌年 (Earth Dog)
2495 or 2435
Coptic calendar−486 – −485
Discordian calendar964
Ethiopian calendar−210 – −209
Hebrew calendar3558–3559
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−146 – −145
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2898–2899
Holocene calendar9798
Iranian calendar824 BP – 823 BP
Islamic calendar849 BH – 848 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2131
Minguo calendar2114 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1670
Seleucid era109/110 AG
Thai solar calendar340–341
Tibetan calendar阴火鸡年
(female Fire-Rooster)
−76 or −457 or −1229
    — to —
(male Earth-Dog)
−75 or −456 or −1228

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

Events[change | change source]

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Carthage[change | change 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.

Deaths[change | change source]