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258BCE

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§Asia

§China

Period of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, known for his terracotta army.

§Roman Republic

The Romans are able to regain the initiative in Sicily against Carthage by retaking Enna and Camarina. In central Sicily, they take the town of Mytistraton, which they have attacked twice previously. The Romans also move in the north by marching across the northern coast toward Panormus, but are not able to take the city.

Gaius Duilius Nepos, the Roman commander who has won a major naval victory over the Carthaginians is made censor with Lucius Cornelius Scipio. The election of a novus homo (i.e. the first in his family to serve in the Roman Senate or be elected as consul) to the censorship is a very rare honour.

§Egypt

Ptolemy II loses control of the territory of Cyrenaica.

Erasistratus of Ceos founds a medical school at Alexandria.

§Greece

The forces of the Macedonian King Antigonus II and the Seleucid King Antiochus II win a naval victory at Cos against their common enemy, Ptolemy II. This victory secures Antigonus control over the Aegean Sea and the League of the Islanders. It also diminishes Ptolemaic naval power.

§Vietnam

According to legend, the Hồng Bàng Dynasty comes to an end.

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