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East-Hem 200bc
The eastern hemisphere in 200 BC
Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 3rd century BC2nd century BC1st century BC
Decades: 230s BC  220s BC  210s BC  – 200s BC –  190s BC  180s BC  170s BC
Years: 203 BC 202 BC 201 BC200 BC – 199 BC 198 BC 197 BC
200 BC by topic
State leaders – Sovereign states
Birth and death categories
Births – Deaths
Establishments and disestablishments categories
Establishments – Disestablishments
200 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 200 BC
Ab urbe condita 554
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 124
- Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes, 4
Ancient Greek era 145th Olympiad (victor)¹
Assyrian calendar 4551
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −792
Berber calendar 751
Buddhist calendar 345
Burmese calendar −837
Byzantine calendar 5309–5310
Chinese calendar 庚子年 (Metal Rat)
2497 or 2437
    — to —
辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
2498 or 2438
Coptic calendar −483 – −482
Discordian calendar 967
Ethiopian calendar −207 – −206
Hebrew calendar 3561–3562
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −143 – −142
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2901–2902
Holocene calendar 9801
Iranian calendar 821 BP – 820 BP
Islamic calendar 846 BH – 845 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2134
Minguo calendar 2111 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1667
Seleucid era 112/113 AG
Thai solar calendar 343–344
Tibetan calendar 阳金鼠年
(male Iron-Rat)
−73 or −454 or −1226
    — to —
(female Iron-Ox)
−72 or −453 or −1225

Year 200 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar.


By place

Seleucid Empire


  • Philip V of Macedon's fleet defeat the Rhodians at Lade. His forces then advance into Pergamum, plundering Pergamese territory and attacking cities in Caria.
  • The Acarnanians, with Macedonian support, invade Attica.
  • The Roman ambassador to Greece, Syria, and Egypt, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus delivers an ultimatum to Philip V warning Macedonia not to make war on any Greek state. Philip decides to reject the Roman ultimatum and the Romans declare war on Macedon, thus starting the Second Macedonian War.
  • The Roman consul, Publius Sulpicius Galba Maximus, asks Attalus I and his fleet to meet up with the Roman fleet off the Greek Aegean coast and they conduct a naval campaign against Philip V, harassing Macedonian possessions in and along the Aegean.

Roman Republic

  • Roman forces defeat the Gauls of Cisalpine Gaul in the Battle of Cremona.
  • The bacchanalia are wild and mystic festivals of the Roman god Bacchus which are introduced into Rome from lower Italy by way of Etruria (approximate date).


  • Euthydemus I of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom dies and is succeeded by his son Demetrius I of Bactria (approximate date).

South America

  • The city of Tiwanaku is founded as a village near Lake Titicaca in modern Bolivia (approximate date).
  • The Early Horizon period in the Andes comes to an end as the Chavin culture vanishes and is succeeded by the Nazca culture (approximate date).


By topic


  • Alexander the Great, head from a Hellenistic copy of a statue, possibly after a 4th century BC original by Lysippos is made. It is now kept at the Archeological Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Lost-wax casting is known in China and Mesopotamia (approximate date).
  • Roman artists begin trying to produce the illusion of thin slabs of colored marble covering the walls, which are set off by actual architectural moldings and columns, in private houses. These attempts last for 120 years.


  • The first good measurement of the distance between Earth and the Sun is made by Eratosthenes (approximate date). By studying lunar eclipses, his result is roughly 150 000 000 km. The currently accepted value is 149 597 870 691 ± 30 metres.

In fiction


  • Jia Yi, Chinese statesman and poet (d. 169 BC)


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