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Encyclopedia > 278 BC

Centuries: 4th century BC - 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC

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  • Nicomedes I became the first to assume the title of king (c.278 - c.248 BC) of Bithynia. This monarch founded Nicomedia, which soon rose to great prosperity.
  • The Gauls broke into Asia Minor, and a victory which Antiochus I Soter won over these hordes is said to have been the origin of his title of Soter (Gr. for "saviour").
  • Shouchun (modern Shou County) in central Anhui became a refugee capital for the state of Chu after its heartlands in modern Hubei province were overrun by the powerful state of Qin in the west.
  • Philemon wins the Dionysia.
  • Fabricius Luscinus became consul for a second time.





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