Year 397 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Tribunate of Iullus, Albinus, Medullinus, Maluginensis, Fidenas and Capitolinus (or, less frequently, year 357 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 397 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
397 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar397 BC
Ab urbe condita357
Ancient Egypt eraXXIX dynasty, 2
- PharaohNepherites I, 2
Ancient Greek era95th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4354
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−989
Berber calendar554
Buddhist calendar148
Burmese calendar−1034
Byzantine calendar5112–5113
Chinese calendar癸未年 (Water Goat)
2300 or 2240
    — to —
甲申年 (Wood Monkey)
2301 or 2241
Coptic calendar−680 – −679
Discordian calendar770
Ethiopian calendar−404 – −403
Hebrew calendar3364–3365
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−340 – −339
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2704–2705
Holocene calendar9604
Iranian calendar1018 BP – 1017 BP
Islamic calendar1049 BH – 1048 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar1937
Minguo calendar2308 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1864
Thai solar calendar146–147
Tibetan calendar阴水羊年
(female Water-Goat)
−270 or −651 or −1423
    — to —
(male Wood-Monkey)
−269 or −650 or −1422


By placeEdit



  • Siege of Syracuse: A Carthaginian expeditionary army (some 50,000 men) under Himilco crosses to Sicily. They conquer the north coast and put Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse, on the defensive and besiege Syracuse. However, the Carthaginian army suffers from the plague. The Syracuse counterattacked and completely defeat Himilco's army. Himilco has to escape back to Carthage.
  • The Carthaginians establish the town of Lilybaeum in Sicily to replace Motya.