Year 250 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Regulus and Longus (or, less frequently, year 504 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 250 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
250 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar250 BC
Ab urbe condita504
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 74
- PharaohPtolemy II Philadelphus, 34
Ancient Greek era132nd Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar4501
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−842
Berber calendar701
Buddhist calendar295
Burmese calendar−887
Byzantine calendar5259–5260
Chinese calendar庚戌(Metal Dog)
2447 or 2387
    — to —
辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
2448 or 2388
Coptic calendar−533 – −532
Discordian calendar917
Ethiopian calendar−257 – −256
Hebrew calendar3511–3512
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−193 – −192
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2851–2852
Holocene calendar9751
Iranian calendar871 BP – 870 BP
Islamic calendar898 BH – 897 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2084
Minguo calendar2161 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1717
Seleucid era62/63 AG
Thai solar calendar293–294
Tibetan calendar阳金狗年
(male Iron-Dog)
−123 or −504 or −1276
    — to —
(female Iron-Pig)
−122 or −503 or −1275
Germanic tribes in Europe in 250 BC (red, orange and yellow)


By placeEdit


Roman RepublicEdit

  • In the Punic War, the Romans shift their attention to the southwest of Sicily. They send a naval expedition toward the Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum. En route, the Romans seize and burn the Carthaginian held cities of Selinous and Heraclea Minoa. The Romans then begin the siege of Lilybaeum.
  • According to tradition (Horace, Odes, iii. 5), after the defeat of the Carthaginians at the Battle of Panormus, the Carthaginians release Marcus Atilius Regulus from prison and he is sent to Rome on parole to negotiate a peace or an exchange of prisoners. However, on his arrival, he strongly urges the Roman Senate to refuse both proposals and continue fighting. After this he then honours his parole by returning to Carthage where he is executed by being placed in a spiked barrel, which is then let roll down a hill.