Year 241 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Atticus and Cerco (or, less frequently, year 513 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 241 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
241 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar241 BC
Ab urbe condita513
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 83
- PharaohPtolemy III Euergetes, 6
Ancient Greek era134th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4510
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−833
Berber calendar710
Buddhist calendar304
Burmese calendar−878
Byzantine calendar5268–5269
Chinese calendar己未(Earth Goat)
2456 or 2396
    — to —
庚申年 (Metal Monkey)
2457 or 2397
Coptic calendar−524 – −523
Discordian calendar926
Ethiopian calendar−248 – −247
Hebrew calendar3520–3521
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−184 – −183
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2860–2861
Holocene calendar9760
Iranian calendar862 BP – 861 BP
Islamic calendar889 BH – 887 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2093
Minguo calendar2152 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1708
Seleucid era71/72 AG
Thai solar calendar302–303
Tibetan calendar阴土羊年
(female Earth-Goat)
−114 or −495 or −1267
    — to —
(male Iron-Monkey)
−113 or −494 or −1266


By placeEdit


  • The Eurypontid King of Sparta, Agis IV, is called away from Sparta when Aratus of Sicyon, temporarily Sparta's ally, requests Agis' aid in his war against the Aetolians. Upon his return, Agis finds that his supporters are discontented with the rule of his uncle, Agesilaus, and are disillusioned by the delay in implementing Agis IV's reforms. As a result, the Agiad king of Sparta, Leonidas II, gains power, supported by mercenaries. Rather than engage in a war with Leonidas, Agis takes sanctuary in a temple, but is enticed out, summarily tried and then executed, along with his mother and grandmother.
  • Archidamus V, son of the Spartan King, Eudamidas II, and grandson of Archidamus IV, flees to Messenia after the murder of his brother Agis IV.
  • As general of the Achaean League, Aratus of Sicyon defeats the Aetolians at Pellene and then pursues a policy of establishing democracies in the Peloponnese.

Roman RepublicEdit


  • A mercenary army of some 20,000 is transported from Sicily to Carthaginian territory, by Carthaginian commander, Gesco. On arrival in Carthaginian territory, the mercenaries submit a demand to Hanno the Great for payment of their contracts. Hanno attempts, unsuccessfully, to convince the mercenaries to accept smaller payments due to Carthage's impoverished post-war conditions. Negotiations break down. The mercenaries take up arms, march on Tunis, occupy it, and threaten Carthage directly.
  • Given their strong position, the mercenaries inflate their demands and demand payment for the non-mercenary Libyan conscripts in the army as well. Gesco is sent to negotiate with the mercenaries at Tunis.




  • Five of the seven major warring states: Chu, Zhao, Wei, Yan, and Han, form an alliance to fight the rising power of Qin. King Kaolie of Chu is named the leader of the alliance, and Lord Chunshen the military commander. The allies attack Qin at the strategic Hangu Pass, but are defeated. Afterwards, Chu moves its capital east to Shouchun, farther away from the threat of Qin.