Year 247 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Metellus and Buteo (or, less frequently, year 507 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 247 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|
|Gregorian calendar||247 BC|
|Ab urbe condita||507|
|Ancient Egypt era||XXXIII dynasty, 77|
|- Pharaoh||Ptolemy II Philadelphus, 37|
|Ancient Greek era||133rd Olympiad, year 2|
|Balinese saka calendar||N/A|
|Chinese calendar||癸丑年 (Water Ox)|
2450 or 2390
— to —
甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)
2451 or 2391
|Coptic calendar||−530 – −529|
|Ethiopian calendar||−254 – −253|
|- Vikram Samvat||−190 – −189|
|- Shaka Samvat||N/A|
|- Kali Yuga||2854–2855|
|Iranian calendar||868 BP – 867 BP|
|Islamic calendar||895 BH – 894 BH|
|Minguo calendar||2158 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||65/66 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||296–297|
−120 or −501 or −1273
— to —
−119 or −500 or −1272
- By this stage in the Punic War, Carthage has lost to Rome all its Sicilian possessions except Lilybaeum (now Marsala) and Drepanum (now Trapani). In the winter of 248/7, Hamilcar Barca takes over the chief command of the Carthaginian forces in Sicily at a time when the island is almost completely in the hands of the Romans. Landing on the north-west of the island with a small mercenary force, he seizes a strong position on Mount Ercte (Monte Pellegrino, near Palermo), and not only successfully defends himself against all attacks, but also carries his raids as far as the coast of southern Italy.
- General Wang He of the State of Qin takes the city of Shangdang from the State of Zhao and establishes Taiyuan Commandery.
- After an initial defeat of Wei general Wuji in the Battle of Hewai, the armies of Qin, led by Meng Ao and Wang He, defeat a combined attempt by the other kingdoms of China to break through the strategic Hangu Pass and invade the Qin heartland of Guanzhong.
- The 13-year-old Ying Zheng, later called Qin Shi Huang, succeeds his father Zhuangxiang of Qin (Zichu) on the throne. Prime Minister Lü Buwei becomes the regent of the king.
- Hannibal Barca, Carthaginian military commander (d. c. 183 BC)
- Alexander of Corinth, Macedonian Greek governor and tyrant
- Moggaliputta-Tissa, Indian Buddhist monk and philosopher
- Zhuangxiang of Qin, Chinese king of the Qin State (b. 281 BC)
- ^ Qian, Sima. Records of the Grand Historian, Section: Basic Annals of Qin.
- ^ Donn, Lin. Donn, Don. Ancient China, p. 49 (2003). Social Studies School Service. Social Studies. ISBN 1-56004-163-3, ISBN 978-1-56004-163-4.