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260 Bc

Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 4th century BC3rd century BC2nd century BC
Decades: 290s BC  280s BC  270s BC  – 260s BC –  250s BC  240s BC  230s BC
Years: 263 BC 262 BC 261 BC260 BC259 BC 258 BC 257 BC
260 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 260 BC
Ab urbe condita 494
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4491
Bahá'í calendar −2103 – −2102
Bengali calendar −852
Berber calendar 691
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 285
Burmese calendar −897
Byzantine calendar 5249–5250
Chinese calendar 庚子(Metal Rat)
2437 or 2377
    — to —
辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
2438 or 2378
Coptic calendar −543 – −542
Discordian calendar 907
Ethiopian calendar −267 – −266
Hebrew calendar 3501–3502
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −203 – −202
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2842–2843
Holocene calendar 9741
Igbo calendar −1259 – −1258
Iranian calendar 881 BP – 880 BP
Islamic calendar 908 BH – 907 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2074
Minguo calendar 2171 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 284

Year 260 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Asina and Duilius (or, less frequently, year 494 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 260 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.


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  • The Roman advance continues westward from Agrigentum with their forces relieving the besieged cities of Segesta and Macella. These cities have sided with the Roman cause, and have come under Carthaginian attack for doing so.
  • Hannibal Gisco returns to fight in Sicily as the admiral in charge of the Carthaginian fleet in the Strait of Messina. With the Romans about to launch their first ever navy, Carthage is determined that this innovation be thwarted. Gisco defeats part of the Roman fleet and captures the Roman consul Gnaeus Cornelius Scipio Asina in an encounter near Lipari; the consul's nickname Asina (which means donkey) is earned in this encounter. However, this Carthaginian victory is of limited practical value as the bulk of the Roman fleet continues to manoeuvre in the surrounding waters.
  • Confident in Carthage's superiority at sea, Hannibal Gisco deploys his ships for the Battle of Mylae in the traditional long line arrangement. Although inexperienced in sea battles, the Romans, led by consul Gaius Duilius Nepos, heavily defeat the Carthaginian fleet, mainly due to the innovative use of land tactics in naval warfare (including the use of the grappling irons and the corvus boarding bridge).
  • Having lost the confidence of his peers, Hannibal Gisco is subsequently executed for incompetence shortly afterwards, together with other defeated Punic generals.
  • In the north of Sicily, the Romans, with their northern sea flank secured by their naval victory in the Battle of Mylae, advance toward Thermae. They are defeated there by the Carthaginians under Hamilcar.






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