Centuries: 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC - 1st century BC

Decades: 240s BC 230s BC 220s BC 210s BC 200s BC - 190s BC - 180s BC 170s BC 160s BC 150s BC 140s BC

Years: 200 BC 199 BC 198 BC 197 BC 196 BC - 195 BC - 194 BC 193 BC 192 BC 191 BC 190 BC

  • Cato the Elder is elected consul at Rome and campaigns in Spain; he avoids one defeat by paying the Celtiberians 200 talents, a much-criticized tactic.
  • The Roman sumptuary law, the Lex Oppia, is repealed despite Cato's strong opposition.
  • Native residents of the Roman colony Ferentinum apply for Roman citizenship, but are turned down by the Senate.
  • Ahead of Roman envoys demanding his surrender, Hannibal flees Carthage for refuge at Tyre. There he offers his services to Antiochus III, King of the Seleucid Empire, against Rome.