221 (CCXXI ) was a common year starting on Monday (link will
display the full calendar) of the
Julian calendar . At the time, it
was known as the YEAR OF THE CONSULSHIP OF GRATUS AND VITELLIUS (or,
less frequently, YEAR 974 AB URBE CONDITA ). The denomination
this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno
Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming
June 26 – Emperor
Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus
as his heir and receives the title of Caesar .
* July –
Elagabalus is forced to divorce
Aquilia Severa and
marries his third wife
Annia Faustina . After five months he returns
to Severa and claims that the original divorce is invalid. The
marriage is symbolic, because
Elagabalus appears to be homosexual or
bisexual . According to the historian
Cassius Dio , he has a stable
relationship with his chariot driver, the slave Hierocles .
May 15 –
Liu Bei , Chinese warlord and descendant of the royal
family of the
Han Dynasty , proclaims himself emperor in
establishes the Kingdom of
Shu Han .
Three kingdoms arise – the Wei
in the north, the Wu in the south and the
Shu Han in the west.
Yang Hu , general of the Jaén Dynasty (d.
* Liu Ling , Chinese poet and scholar (d.
August 4 –
Lady Zhen (forced to commit suicide by
Cao Pi ) (b.
Gongsun Kang , general of Wei
Mi Zhu , advisor of
Liu Bei (b.
Yu Jin , general under
Zhang Fei , general of Shu (assassinated by his subordinates Fan
Qiang (范彊) and Zhang Da (張達)) (b.