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42 Celestial Comet 482BC Oct. Bushy Star observed in China
43 Celestial Comet 481BC Oct. Sparkling star, Bushy Star observed in China
5198 Society War 480BC (Spr.) Second Persian Invasion of Greece
5238 Society People 480BC Leucippus
5695 Society Laws and legal system 480BC Tribune attempts to introduce land reform bill
5696 Society War 480BC Battle with Veii; consul killed
2641 Celestial Tunguska-like event 480BC Mar. Thunder and fiery winds, many in Persian army perish
2643 Celestial Tunguska-like event 480BC Aug. Thunderbolts and rocks fall from mountain peaks on Persian troops
2642 Environment Unusual Weather 480BC Aug. 13 Battle of Artemisium: 1/3 of Persian fleet destroyed by 3 day storm
44 Celestial Comet 480BC Sep. Horn shaped Comet, Battle of Salamis
45 Society War 480BC Sep. Battle of Salamis between Persians and Greeks; Xerxes, Themistocles,
2645 Celestial Tunguska-like event 480BC Sep. Roaring sound in sky, great flame of light and dust cloud
2644 Geology Earthquake 480BC Sep. 20 Earthquake on the day of the Battle of Salamis
2640 Celestial Solar Eclipse 480BC Oct. 2 Solar eclipse recorded by Herodotus
5196 Celestial Canonical Solar Eclipse 480BC Oct. 2 Solar eclipse, annular, crosses north Africa
2658 Geology Volcanic Eruption 479BC Eruption of Mount Etna
2646 Geology Tsunami 479BC Mar. 29 Tsunami drowns Persian army ending siege of Potidea, model for Exodus story
48 Society War 479BC Aug. Battle of Plataea
2647 Celestial Unspecified Prodigies 479BC Aug. Battle of Plataea: apparition of Athena
2906 Geology Volcanic Eruption 478BC Colonists abandon island of Pithecussae due to volcanic eruptions
2360 Celestial Solar Eclipse 478BC Feb. 17 Solar eclipse
5645 Society War 477BC Battle of the Cremera; 306 men of the Fabii gens sacrificed by the Veientes.
5697 Society Politics 473BC Political strife between the orders, tribune Cnaeus Genucius murdered
1425 Geology Tsunami 472BC Following volcanic eruption on Pithecussae, the sea retreated then turned back and deluged the island.
1426 Geology Volcanic Eruption 472BC Mount Epopos shot forth fire, collapse of land, great noise
5698 Society Laws and legal system 471BC Change in law of tribune elections to eliminate aristocratic manipulation
5212 Society People 470BC Socrates
5632 Society Expiation 470BC Urbinia, a Vestal Virgin, tried and executed for unchastity
5634 Society Mass sickness 470BC Pestilence attacked pregnant women killing both mothers and infants
5635 Society Prodigy 470BC Religious awe and fear of the gods owing to the occurrence of many prodigies and omens
46 Celestial Comet 469BC Broom Star observed in China
49 Celestial Comet 466BC Meteorite falls at Aegospotami while bright comet is passing; Halley
1386 Geology Earthquake 464BC Sparta destroyed by earthquake, rocks fall from mountain peaks
2649 Celestial Solar Eclipse 463BC Apr. 30 Solar eclipse observed by Pindar
5294 Society People 462BC Gaius Terentilius Harsa, plebeian tribune and advocate of formal law code for all
5699 Society Mass sickness 462BC Epidemic in Rome; both consuls among the victims
1314 Environment Atmospheric Prodigies 461BC Rained flesh that did not turn bad
5239 Society People 460BC Democritus, philosopher
5700 Society Laws and legal system 460BC Riots in Rome over constitutional reforms, abuses of the aristocracy; exile of Caeso Quinctius
5714 Society Politics 458BC Census at Rome
5715 Society Laws and legal system 455BC Lex Icilia distributes illegally held land on the Aventine to plebeians
5716 Society Laws and legal system 451BC Publication of the first ten of the Twelve Tables of law after agitation by plebeians
5541 Society Politics 450BC Second Secession of the Plebs due to abuse of power by the decemviri; demanded restoration of plebeian tribune power and right of appeal
5718 Society Politics 450BC Illegal seizure of power by Decemvirs leads to reforms
47 Society People 449BC Herodotus Writes The Histories
5717 Society Politics 449BC Kidnapping and death of Verginia and overthrow of the decemviri
5538 Society People 446BC Marcus Furius Camillus: longest-reigning Roman dictator until Sulla and Caesar; passed Lex Licinia under pressure
5542 Society Politics 445BC Third Secession of the Plebs demanding rights to consulship and marriage between patricians and plebeians: Lex de conubio patrum et plebis
66 Society People 440BC Heraclitus, Early Stoicism
1106 Society Famine 439BC Famine in early Rome, Cincinnatus made dictator, Spurius Maelius murdered for trying to help the poor
5295 Society People 439BC Spurius Maelius, advocate for the people, falsely accused and assassinated by Gaius Servilius Ahala
5719 Society Politics 437BC King of Veii executes Roman envoys; Aulus Cornelius Cossus kills him in single combat
5720 Society Mass sickness 435BC Epidemic in Rome during which Latins attack
51 Celestial Comet 433BC Broom Star, China
2653 Geology Earthquake 431BC Earthquake at Delos warning of the beginning of the Peloponnesian War
2652 Celestial Solar Eclipse 431BC Aug. 31 Solar eclipse explained by Pericles thereby dispelling fear of the Athenians
69 Archeology Epidemic Mass Grave 430BC Plague of Athens thought to have been Typhoid
2852 Society Mass Death 430BC (Sum.) Plague of Athens 1st outbreak
5241 Society People 430BC Xenophon
2346 Society Mass Death 428BC (Spr.) Plague of Athens 2nd outbreak
5248 Society People 428BC Plato
1398 Geology Earthquake 426BC (Sum.) Multiple earthquakes in Greece during Peloponnesian War
2655 Society Mass Death 426BC (Win.) Plague of Athens 3rd outbreak
2387 Geology Tsunami 426BC Oct. Malian Gulf tsunami during Peloponnesian War
5204 Geology River/Water Table Anomalies 426BC Oct. Rivers and springs stopped flowing for several days, land sinking and rising prior to Malian Gulf tsunami
52 Celestial Comet 425BC (Win.) Comet during the plague of Athens
2657 Geology Volcanic Eruption 425BC (Spr.) Eruption of Mount Etna
5721 Society Politics 425BC Plebeian agitation prevents consular elections
2661 Celestial Lunar Eclipse 425BC Oct. 9 Lunar eclipse recorded by Aristophanes
2660 Geology Earthquake 424BC Mar. 31 Earthquake within 10 days of solar eclipse
2663 Geology Earthquake 420BC (Sum.) Earthquake felt at Athens and Corinth while Alcibiades ranting against Spartans
2811 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 419BC Numerous fireballs over several months, possible overhead meteor explosion; observed in Babylon
5722 Society Slave Rebellion 417BC Plot by slaves to seize Rome
2669 Environment Unusual Weather 415BC (Aut.) Athens launches attack on Syracuse during terrible storm
2664 Geology Earthquake 414BC (Spr.) Spartan military expedition against Argos abandoned due to earthquake
5723 Society Politics 414BC Turmoil over attempt to take annexed land from aristocrats and give to the people
2665 Geology Earthquake 413BC (Win.) Earthquake in Sparta
1271 Celestial Lunar Eclipse 413BC Aug. 27 Lunar eclipse caused Nicias to delay abandoning the siege of Syracuse leading to destruction of Athenian forces
2670 Environment Unusual Weather 413BC Sep. 13 Escaping Athenians caught in torrential rain and massacred; End of the Sicilian Expedition
5724 Society Politics 412BC Military Tribune murdered by his troops over his resistance to land reform
5725 Society Mass sickness 410BC Pestilence and famine, social unrest over land reform
5726 Society Politics 408BC First plebeian quaestors elected at Rome
53 Society War 405BC Battle of Aegospotami, obliteration of Athenian navy, end of Peloponnesian War
2673 Environment Unusual Weather 404BC (Win.) Heavy snowstorm associated with the Battle of Phyle
2674 Geology Earthquake 400BC Earthquake - divine displeasure - halts invasion of Elis
5728 Environment Unusual Weather 400BC (Win.) Extreme cold at Rome, roads blocked, Tiber frozen
5729 Society Mass sickness 400BC (Sum.) Pestilential summer at Rome; deadly to man and beast; Sibylline Books consulted
2675 Celestial Solar Eclipse 400BC Jun. 21 Solar eclipse recorded by Ennius, reported by Cicero
5727 Society Expiation 399BC First lectisternum held in Rome - banquest to appease the gods
5730 Society Politics 398BC Tribunes elected are all patrician after augurs say pestilence due to plebeians in high office
5731 Geology River/Water Table Anomalies 398BC The Alban Lake rose to an unusual height, without any rainfall or other cause; embassy sent to oracle at Delphi
5205 Society War 397BC Siege of Syracuse by Carthaginians
2677 Geology Volcanic Eruption 396BC Eruption of Mount Etna during war between Carthaginians and Syracuse
2899 Society Mass Death 396BC (Sum.) Carthaginian plague during war against Sicily
1295 Celestial Other 394BC "Meteoric lights, beams" at Battle of Cnidus
2678 Celestial Solar Eclipse 394BC Aug. 14 Solar eclipse, Spartan defeat at the Battle of Cnidus
5247 Society War 390BC Gallic invasion of Rome, Battle of the Allia
5643 Society War 389BC Etruscans, the Volsci and the Aequi unite against Rome: Marcus Furius Camillus dictator
2679 Geology Earthquake 388BC Earthquake at Argos deters invasion
5206 Celestial Falling Fire 388BC Thunderbolt falls killing several men
5277 Society War 386BC Defection of the Latins from Rome, Volscians help the Antiates invade the Pomptine territory
2814 Environment Unusual Weather 384BC Multiple tornados in Babylon
2815 Celestial Falling Fire 384BC A "fall of fire" recorded in Babylon
5278 Society Assassination 384BC Marcus Manlius Capitolinus martyred - thrown off the Tarpeian Rock - for trying to help the poor
5280 Society Mass sickness 383BC Pestilence in Rome
2816 Society Mass Death 383BC Mar. Pestilence in Babylon
5279 Society War 382BC War between Rome and Praeneste
5281 Society Massacre 381BC M. Furius Camillus' victory at Satricum
5282 Society War 381BC Roman annexation of Tusculum
5283 Society War 380BC Dictatorship of T. Quinctius Cincinnatus; capture of Praeneste and nine towns
2685 Society Mass Death 379BC Violent plague killed many Carthiginians
5207 Society Mass sickness 379BC "Supernatural disaster", turmoils and fears causing panic and discord in Carthage
5284 Society War 378BC Invasion of Volscii; revolt of plebs against patricians in Rome; Romans plunder Volscii territory
5285 Society War 377BC Defeat of Antium and destruction of Satricum
5286 Environment Unusual Weather 377BC Battle of Satricum interrupted by severe rainstorm
5287 Society Prodigy 377BC Voice heard from temple of Mater Matuta during burning of Satricum
5288 Society Politics 375BC Period of anarchy in Rome
2820 Society Famine 374BC Famine so severe people "sold" (ate?) their children in Babylon
54 Celestial Tunguska-like event 373BC (Win.) Great Comet like a flaming torch before great earthquake and tsunami that swallowed entire cities in Greece
1217 Geology Earthquake 373BC (Win.) Earthquake at Delos just before great earthquake and tsunami
2680 Geology Tsunami 373BC (Win.) Sea rose to a vast height, a wave towering even higher drowned all the inhabitants and washed away the city of Helicê
5208 Geology Earthquake 373BC (Win.) Great earthquake; Bura disappeared in a chasm of the earth, and Helice was wiped out by a wave from the sea.
5209 Environment Animal Prodigies 373BC (Win.) For five days before great earthquake and tsunami, creatures flee region
2821 Celestial Falling Fire 373BC Jul. A "fall of fire". Meteor shower or fireballs? Observed in Babylon
2822 Celestial Falling Fire 371BC Jul. A "fall of fire" to the ground observed in Babylon
2688 Celestial Solar Eclipse 369BC Apr. 11 Solar eclipse in 35th year of Artaxerxes II, observed in Babylon
2689 Environment Plasma Event 368BC Lightening and thunder from a clear sky at beginning of battle between Spartans, Arcadians and Argives
2825 Environment Tornados and Watersprouts 367BC Tornadoes in Babylon
2826 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 367BC Very bright fireball observed in Babylon
5534 Society Laws and legal system 367BC Lex Licinia Sextia passed to modify Roman patrician monopoly on power; abolish all forms of discrimination against the plebeians
5539 Society Mass sickness 365BC Deadly pestilence strikes Rome killing many important people including Camillus
58 Celestial Comet 361BC Broom Star, China
5260 Society People 361BC Titus Manlius Torquatus single combat with gigantic Gaul - David and Goliath type story
2701 Geology Earthquake 360BC Earthquakes Heraclea Pontica and Orphyneum
5210 Geology Volcanic Eruption 360BC Volcanic eruption on the Island of Vulcano
5289 Society War 360BC Rome defeats coalition of Tiburtes and Gauls; Q. Servilius Ahala allegedly appointed dictator
5644 Society War 359BC War with Tarquinii, Falerii and Caere; 307 Romans sacrificed by the Tarquinienses
5291 Society War 358BC Renewal of treaty between Rome and the Latins; invasion by Gauls; C. Sulpicius Peticus appointed dictator, defeats Gauls
5290 Society War 357BC Privernum and Velitrae raid Roman territory; Gaius Marcius Rutilus defends successfully
5302 Society People 356BC Jul. 20 Alexander III of Macedon, the Great
2696 Geology Earthquake 354BC Phocian generals attempt to loot the temple at Delphi, earthquake occurs, terrifying everyone
5292 Society Politics 354BC End of the early Latin Wars; Rome prevails
2408 Geology Earthquake 350BC Earthquake at Prieni, Asia Minor; city totally destroyed
2905 Geology Earthquake 350BC First recorded Persian earthquake; numerous cities, 2000 villages destroyed
2907 Geology Volcanic Eruption 350BC Volcanic eruption, earthquakes and tsunami on the island of Pithecussae
5224 Society People 350BC Diocles of Peparethus, author of earliest known Roman history
1294 Celestial Sun activity 349BC Bloody chasm in the sky, fire falling, aurora?
5296 Society War 346BC Second Defeat of Antium and destruction of Satricum
59 Celestial Comet 345BC Timoleon's Torch; a 'Mane-shaped' comet changed into a spear
5215 Society People 345BC Timaeus of Tauromenium
5297 Society War 345BC Romans capture Volscian town, Sora
2829 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 344BC Feb. Meteor shower, fireballs and meteors
5261 Society War 343BC First Samnite War
2699 Environment Hail 341BC Battle of the Crimisus
5232 Society People 341BC Epicurus
3 Society War 340BC Latin War, Battle of Vesuvius, duel of Titus Manlius, Devotio of Decius Mus
60 Celestial Comet 340BC Comet coincided with storm at Corinth
2321 Environment Unusual Weather 338BC Lightning, divine fire disrupts siege of Cydonia
5631 Society Expiation 337BC Minucia, a Vestal, tried for unchastity; convicted and buried alive near the Colline Gate
5252 Society People 334BC Zeno of Citium, founder of Stoicism
2830 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 333BC Fireball illuminated ground recorded by Babylonians
2929 Society People 333BC Mar. Alexander solves the Gordian Knot
2707 Environment Animal Prodigies 332BC (Spr.) During siege of Tyre sea monster tossed up by large wave
5216 Society Prodigy 332BC "Bloody bread", vision of Apollo leaving city during siege of Tyre
5217 Society Sack or Destruction of City 332BC Alexander's Siege of Tyre
2912 Celestial Lunar Eclipse 331BC Sep. 20 Lunar eclipse eleven days before battle of Gaugamela
1384 Society Mass Death 331BC Oct. 1 Battle of Arbela or Gaugamela, death of Darius, end of Persian Empire
2700 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 331BC Oct. 1 Fireballs, portents decide fate of Persian Empire at Battle of Gaugamela
2855 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 327BC Jan. 14 Meteor with a tail observed by Babylonians
5262 Society War 326BC Second Samnite War, Roman expansion
2708 Geology Tsunami 325BC Nov. Tsunami destroys much of Alexander's fleet in India
5218 Geology Earthquake 325BC Nov. Earthquake associated with tsunami that destroyed much of Alexander's fleet in India
2833 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 323BC Nov. Fireballs recorded by Babylonians, one like a "torch"
5269 Society War 321BC Battle of the Caudine Forks, humiliation of the Romans by Samnites
2709 Environment Unusual Weather 316BC Great rainstorm and hail floods Rhodes, city walls collapse, 500 killed
5304 Society People 316BC Arcesilaus, founder of the Middle Academy and Academic skepticism; opposed Stoics
5268 Society Massacre 310BC Battle of Lake Vadimo; Romans vs. Etruscans; Rome acquires more territory
5305 Society People 310BC Callimachus, catalogued the library at Alexandria
5307 Society People 310BC Apollonius of Rhodes, author of the Argonautica, librarian at Alexandria, Homeric scholar
2836 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 309BC Bright meteor with a tail observed by Babylonians
2837 Celestial Falling Fire 307BC "Fall of fire" observed by Babylonians
61 Celestial Comet 305BC Broom Star, China
5267 Society Massacre 305BC Battle of Bovianum, end of second Samnite War, Rome acquires more territory
4 Celestial Comet 303BC Broom Star, China, also recorded on the Parian marble of Greece
2716 Geology Earthquake 303BC Earthquakes in Ionia recorded on Parian marble, Greece
2838 Celestial Fire in the sky 300BC "Fall of fire" observed by Babylonians
5303 Society People 300BC Aristo of Chios, stoic and companion of Zeno of Citium
5550 Society Laws and legal system 299BC Valerian law allowed a Roman citizen, condemned by a magistrate to death or scourging, the right of appeal to the people
5263 Society War 298BC Third Samnite War, peoples of Italy unite against Rome
5266 Society Massacre 298BC Etruscans and Gauls invade Rome, Battle of Volterra
170 Celestial Comet 296BC Broom Star, China
2839 Celestial Falling Fire 294BC Very bright meteor with tail, fall of fire observed by Babylonians
5265 Society Massacre 293BC Battle of Aquilonia; Romans vs. Samnites
2840 Celestial Fire in the sky 292BC May Bright meteor with a tail, lighted up the ground, "let loose its flame", observed by Babylonians
5264 Society Massacre 291BC Capture and colonization of Venusia by Romans
5309 Society People 289BC Archimedes: mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer
2898 Geology Earthquake 287BC Lysimachia destroyed by earthquake killing many residents
5535 Society Laws and legal system 287BC Lex Hortensia final result of the long class struggle between patricians and plebeians
2842 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 285BC Bright meteor, and "fall of fire" observed by Babylonians
2843 Environment Insect Infestation 285BC Attack of locusts in Babylon
5582 Society People 280BC Fabius Maximus Cunctator: father of guerrilla warfare; five times consul, two times dictator
2915 Society War 280BC May Pyrrhic War
2893 Geology Earthquake 279BC (Win.) Earthquake during Gallic invasion of Greece; thunderbolts and rocks fall from Parnassus
5245 Environment Unusual Weather 279BC Tempest, hail, severe cold, snow, during Gallic invasion of Greece
5246 Society Massacre 279BC Gallic invasion of Greece, Battle of Thermopylae
5306 Society People 278BC Ptolemy III Euergetes, first known example of decrees published as bilingual inscriptions, invented leap years, builder of the Serapeum, expanded the Alexandrian library
2901 Society Massacre 277BC Gallic army destroyed by furies and ghosts; Battle of Lysimachia
5300 Society People 276BC Eratosthenes of Cyrene
2846 Society Famine 273BC Famine in Babylon, people sold their children (for food?)
5226 Society Laws and legal system 272BC Creation of the Hebrew Bible Primary History
5225 Society People 270BC Quintus Fabius Pictor, earliest Roman historian
5581 Society People 268BC Marcus Claudius Marcellus, five times consul; Gallic War, Punic War, killed Viridomarus in single combat; responsible for death of Archimedes
2848 Society Mass sickness 266BC Epidemic with many deaths in Babylon
5 Society War 264BC First Punic War
5308 Society People 262BC Ptolemy IV Philopator, builder of largest human-powered vessel ever built, major antagonist of 3 Maccabees
2717 Celestial Solar Eclipse 256BC Sep. 16 Solar eclipse observed by Babylonians
507 Society Mass Death 255BC Jul. 4 Severe storm, destruction of Roman Fleet with massive mortality
2718 Celestial Solar Eclipse 254BC Jan. 31 Solar eclipse observed by Babylonians
1320 Environment Unusual Weather 253BC Violent Storm in the Mediterranean
5298 Environment Unusual Weather 253BC Violent hail storm in Babylon
2719 Geology Earthquake 252BC Feb. 19 Earthquake followed by hailstorm in Babylon
5221 Archeology Dating Evidence 250BC Giant ancient water basin found in Rome
2720 Celestial Solar Eclipse 249BC May 4 Solar eclipse observed in Babylon
2723 Celestial Falling Fire 248BC Jan. Fall of fire outside of Babylonian territory observed from Babylon
5299 Environment Unusual Weather 248BC Jan. Severe cold in Babylon
5578 Society People 247BC Hannibal: one of the greatest military commanders in history
399 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 245BC Feb. 14 Innumerable large and small meteors traveled westward, China
2509 Environment Unusual Weather 243BC Severe cold in Babylon
2725 Celestial Solar Eclipse 242BC Jun. 15 Solar eclipse observed in Babylon
2726 Celestial Solar Eclipse 241BC Nov. 28 Solar eclipse observed in Babylon
9 Celestial Comet 240BC May Broom star; Comet Halley
2728 Environment Insect Infestation 238BC Attack of locusts in Babylon
5318 Society People 238BC Philip V of Macedon
25 Celestial Comet 238BC May Broom Star stretched across the heavens, China
5561 Society People 236BC Scipio Africanus: never lost a battle; first Roman general to expand Roman territories outside Italy; hated by Cato the Elder; grandfather of the Gracchi
5536 Society People 234BC Cato the Elder
26 Celestial Comet 234BC Jan. Broom Star, and a great fall of fire, observed in China and Babylon
2729 Celestial Fire in the sky 233BC "Fall of fire" observed by Babylonians
5576 Society People 233BC Manius Acilius Glabrio (consul 191 BC): defeated Antiochus III at the Battle of Thermopylae
2730 Environment Unusual Weather 233BC Nov. Heavy rain, flooding, severe cold in Babylon
5583 Society People 230BC Aemilia Tertia AKA Aemilia Paulla; grandmother of the Gracchi, great grandmother of Fulvia
2879 Archeology Earthquake Evidence 228BC Severe earthquake in central Greece
2731 Environment Insect Infestation 227BC May Attack of locusts in Babylon
2897 Geology Earthquake 226BC Major Rhodes earthquake causes colossus to collapse, three meters uplift
2916 Geology Volcanic Eruption 226BC Eruption of Methana volcano, Greece
1321 Geology River/Water Table Anomalies 223BC A river in Picenum the color of blood
1322 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 223BC Large fireball; light like day
1324 Environment Plasma Event 223BC "Heaven on fire"; aurora?
1325 Environment Atmospheric Prodigies 223BC Three moons visible from Italy
5317 Society People 222BC Reign of Antiochus III the Great
6 Society War 218BC Second Punic War
5575 Society War 218BC Hannibal crosses the Alps into Italy: Battle of Ticinus
5251 Society Massacre 218BC Dec. 21 Battle of the Trebia, Roman army massacred by Hannibal
509 Geology Landslide 217BC Mount Garganus, collapsing with tottering summit, overset its forests
510 Environment Plasma Event 217BC Javelins blazed up suddenly in the hands of astounded soldiers
511 Environment Dust/Ash Veil 217BC Light was suddenly withdrawn, and the Calabrian mariners, plunged in darkness
513 Celestial Comet 217BC Multiple comets: bright hair of more than one comet... showed its baleful glare
514 Geology River/Water Table Anomalies 217BC River Allia flooding
515 Geology Earthquake 217BC The Alps did not keep their place, and the Apennines were never still day or night among their vast gorges
517 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 217BC Bright meteors shot against Italy from the direction of Africa
518 Celestial Tunguska-like event 217BC The heavens burst open with a fearful crash, and the countenance of the Thunderer was revealed.
519 Geology Volcanic Eruption 217BC Vesuvius thundered, hurling flames and rock
1394 Geology Earthquake 217BC Fifty-seven earthquakes in the year of the Battle of Lake Trasimene; cities overthrown, rivers diverted, cliffs torn away
5574 Society War 217BC Jun. 22 Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt vs Antiochus III; one of the largest battles of the ancient world
1326 Geology Earthquake 217BC Jun. 24 Mountains cleft asunder, rivers blocked by earthquake during Battle of Lake Trasimene
1393 Society Massacre 217BC Jun. 24 Battle of Lake Trasimene; Hannibal massacres Roman army
5579 Society People 216BC Lucius Aemilius Paullus (consul 219, 216 BC):shared command with Varro at the Battle of Cannae, killed in battle
7 Society Massacre 216BC Aug. 2 Battle of Cannae, Roman army massacred by Hannibal
1327 Environment Animal Prodigies 215BC A cow gave birth to a horse
1328 Celestial Fire in the sky 215BC Fire shone out at sea; possible plasma event or fireball
5254 Society Massacre 215BC Roman consul, Postumius Albinus, beheaded; entire army destroyed by the Boii
5557 Society Laws and legal system 215BC Lex Oppia: law against luxury and extravagance also oppression of women's rights to property and dress
5618 Society Expiation 215BC Vestals Floronia and Opimia convicted of unchastity; one buried alive at the Colline Gate, other suicide
5619 Society Expiation 215BC Q. Fabius Pictor was sent to consult the oracle of Delphi
5620 Society Expiation 215BC A Gaulish man and a Gaulish woman and a Greek man and a Greek woman were buried alive under the Forum Boarium
10 Society War 214BC First Macedonian War
11 Society Massacre 214BC Siege of Syracuse, Death of Archimedes
27 Celestial Comet 214BC Aug. Bright Star, Broom star in the West
2735 Celestial Falling Fire 211BC Jun. Meteor shower observed in Babylon; meteor impact in China
2420 Archeology Climate Evidence 210BC Historical, ice core, tree ring evidence for at least two volcanic eruptions between 212 and 200
28 Celestial Comet 210BC Jun. Comet in the process of breaking up: "surrounded by stars"
2875 Celestial Falling Fire 210BC Jul. Meteor or fireball falls in association with a comet observed in Babylon
5580 Society War 207BC Battle of Metaurus: Gaius Claudius Nero (consul 207 BC) & Marcus Livius Salinator defeated (and killed) Hasdrubal
648 Environment Atmospheric Prodigies 204BC Two suns seen, ring around moon
650 Celestial Meteor or Meteorite 204BC Meteor shooting from east to west
652 Environment Unusual Sounds 204BC In the temple of Juno Sospita at Lanuvium a noise was heard with a dreadful crash
653 Environment Rock Falls 204BC Shower of stones in association with meteors, crashing sounds; fall of Magna Mater
655 Celestial Tunguska-like event 204BC Shooting stars at intervals; great meteor blazed; sky lighted up at night; crashing sound
5319 Society People 204BC Reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes; Rosetta Stone
5320 Geology Volcanic Eruption 204BC Possible eruption of Vesuvius
29 Celestial Comet 204BC Aug. 14 Sparkling or Bushy Star near Arcturus
654 Geology Sinkhole 203BC Sinking earth at Arpinum made huge depression
656 Environment Atmospheric Prodigies 203BC Sun halo at Frusino
659 Environment Animal Prodigies 203BC Roof-eating ravens, gnawing mice, locust infestation and a deformed colt
2736 Celestial Solar Eclipse 203BC May 6 Solar eclipse observed in Babylon
13 Society Massacre 202BC Oct. 19 Battle of Zama, Scipio Africanus vs Hannibal
5301 Society Science 200BC Eratosthenes of Cyrene accurately calculates the circumference of the Earth
5316 Society War 200BC Second Macedonian War fought between Philip V of Macedon, and Rome
5551 Society Laws and legal system 199BC Lex Porcia I: extended the right to provocatio (appeal) to locations outside of Rome
2739 Celestial Falling Fire 198BC Meteor falling to ground in Babylon