Year 216 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Varro and Paullus (or, less frequently, year 538 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 216 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.

Millennium: 1st millennium BC
216 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar216 BC
Ab urbe condita538
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 108
- PharaohPtolemy IV Philopator, 6
Ancient Greek era141st Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4535
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−808
Berber calendar735
Buddhist calendar329
Burmese calendar−853
Byzantine calendar5293–5294
Chinese calendar甲申年 (Wood Monkey)
2481 or 2421
    — to —
乙酉年 (Wood Rooster)
2482 or 2422
Coptic calendar−499 – −498
Discordian calendar951
Ethiopian calendar−223 – −222
Hebrew calendar3545–3546
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−159 – −158
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2885–2886
Holocene calendar9785
Iranian calendar837 BP – 836 BP
Islamic calendar863 BH – 862 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2118
Minguo calendar2127 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1683
Seleucid era96/97 AG
Thai solar calendar327–328
Tibetan calendar阳木猴年
(male Wood-Monkey)
−89 or −470 or −1242
    — to —
(female Wood-Rooster)
−88 or −469 or −1241
Battle of Cannae: Roman attack (red).
Destruction of the Roman army (red).


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Roman RepublicEdit




  • Philip V of Macedon, still resenting Rome's interference in Illyrian politics, seizes his opportunity to invade Illyria. Ambassadors from Philip V visit Hannibal at his headquarters in Italy. These actions mark the beginning of the First Macedonian War between Rome and Macedonia.


  • A revolt of the Egyptian peasants is put down by Ptolemy IV.




  1. ^ Polybius, 3:107.2–3 The Histories
  2. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 22.44–51
  3. ^ a b Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23.21
  4. ^ a b c Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 22.57
  5. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 22.61
  6. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23.24
  7. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23.27
  8. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23.29
  9. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 22.56
  10. ^ a b Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 22.49
  11. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, 23.30